How Long After An Interview Is A Job Offer Made? The Answer Here
Did you just have an interview? Feel like it went well? And now your question is, how long after the interview should I expect a job offer? This is a fair question. Breaking this down depends on a variety of factors. Including the stage of the hiring process, the HR department is in for that particular role and the type of relationship you have with the company itself. Let’s break this down.
Statistically average times
Statistically, the average time it takes to receive a job offer after your interview is somewhere between 20 days to 40 days. This comes from a few sources, Jobvites 2018 Recruiting Benchmark report as well as Glassdoor’s time to hire report. Statistically, there’s a lot of variables at play when it comes to receiving a job offer. The type of role is a significant one. For example, if you are a doctor or professor, the time it will take you to receive an offer will be much longer than say a Starbucks barista. Although, on average, you should know whether or not you’ve gotten the job or signs you are getting the job within two weeks of your interview.
While some sources say that you’ll receive a job offer within 24-48 hours, this is a very rare circumstance and would only happen for entry-level positions that are struggling to hire.
What you should know within 7-10 days
The biggest indicator you should be looking for is general response and interest from your future employer. You want to see an open dialogue happening between yourself and the hiring manager or HR representative. If for example, they’re asking about salary or asking about equipment that you might need for the job, these are signs that you are going to receive an offer of employment. Consider this a better indicator of your chances of employment increasing than simply time spent waiting. You want the employer to be looking to pursue you. Any sign that shows they’ve developed some level of interest in you, is great.
The reason 7-10 days is the perfect amount of time to be patient is that the HR department will still be executing interviews. And they don’t happen simultaneously. Even though most interviewers will say that they are interested in hiring quickly, the process always takes longer than expected. And they may simply be interviewing other candidates and you’ll need to be patient while they do that. The average response time will be extended because of this as well.
Signs they are interested in hiring you
The basic signs that they are interested in hiring you will be one or many of the following:
- Asking if they can perform a background check.
- Asking if they can check your references.
- Asking if you’d be willing to attend another interview, potentially a second round of interviews.
- Asking if you have any equipment needs.
- Asking if you have any medical conditions they should be aware of.
- Asking if you have any travel, parking or public transportation needs that they can help plan for and facilitate.
- Asking for further information that would go inside of a job offer, like your preferred title or other.
- In general, open dialogue and response to your emails in a timely fashion, that shows wanting to move forward.
For the most part, an HR department won’t ask you for a lot of details unless they are generally interested in hiring you. So while you may not have received an offer of employment, if they are asking you if you are okay with a background check or drug test, consider that sign that they want to employ you. If you haven’t discussed salary yet but have received emails such as that, ensure that you are following up with the HR department or hiring manager to explain to them you haven’t discussed salary and would feel more comfortable doing so before you proceeded to those next steps.
Why does it take so long
Generally speaking, the process from interviewing candidates to offering them employment can take considerable amounts of work. From interviewing all candidates to collecting the feedback on the candidates to then drafting the offer of employment, getting it approved and then sending it to you. All of the steps, from the phone interview to the on-site interview, were all apart of the process which reduces the risk of creating a bad hire for the company. Because so many parties are involved in making hiring decisions, including the CFO who approves salaries and resource budgets, it can be a longer process than everyone would like. If you want to know more reasons on why it takes so long, see our post "How Long To Wait After An Interview? 5 Reasons It Takes So Long".
Signs you should keep looking
The biggest sign that you should continue on your job search is when the interviewer goes silent or doesn’t explain to you what the next steps will be after your interview.
If your interviewer went silent, there’s a variety of reasons that could be caused from. Including the fact that the role or job function needs may have changed. Meaning the company is no longer interested in hiring for that role after interviewing. If you haven’t heard back from the interviewer after 7 business days or 10 full days, then you might want to start looking for other opportunities or consider this opportunity a potential pass. Around 30% of interviews often times lead to the HR department or interviewer never responding back to the interviewees regarding their acceptance or denial of employment.
If you sent any correspondence to the HR department and haven’t heard back, don’t continue to send more emails in hopes that they’ll respond. Wait a few business days and if you don’t hear anything, you might want to start applying more of your efforts to the other interviews you might be having. If you are in the medical field, law field or educational field, make sure you understand there will be a considerable amount of time between the correspondence between you and with the people you spoke to. Don’t take that as a negative sign.
Following up after no response
After your interview, you should be sending a thank you letter which indicates your appreciation for their time and your general interest in the position. This shows enthusiasm and proactive efforts toward receiving an employment offer. You might not hear back from that thank you letter, which is okay. But if 7 business days have passed and you still haven’t heard from the person you interviewed with, you might want to send a follow-up email. In some circumstances, the interview might simply be too busy to follow up with you after all of the interviews they may have performed. Or they could have tried to contact you in other ways and you simply didn’t receive the message. In either event, the follow-up email is perfect for this. It will confirm the employer is still interested in moving forward.
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