What Time Will You Receive a Job Offer?
When you apply for a job, you anticipate the offer to come as soon as possible. In reality, it may take some time to hear whether or not you have been selected for the role.
In most cases, you will hear back from the company within 6 to 8 weeks. Some companies, however, take significantly longer to process the applications and reach out to qualified candidates. Below are the most common scenarios of when you can expect to receive a job offer:
Reaching Out to Shortlisted Candidates
Companies typically reach out to the shortlisted candidates and notify them that they are one of the few to make it to the interview process. Depending on the hiring process, the company may decide to conduct an initial screening via phone call or video conference.
Thus, if you make it to the interview list and are called for the initial screening you should hear back about the outcome of the call in as little as 1-2 days.
Scheduling the In-Person Interview
The outcome of the initial screening will decide whether or not you proceed to the next phase of the hiring process – the in-person interview. Generally, the company will call the applicants within the next 7 to 14 days to schedule a formal in-person interview.
In some cases, even if you perform well during the interview, the company may not provide an offer right after the interview. Typically, they will reach out to shortlisted candidates who performed the best to ask further questions or evaluate job references. This process may take another 1 to 2 weeks to complete.
Making a Job Offer
Once the interviews and references checks (when applicable) are complete, the company may make an offer to their candidate of choice.
Usually, the company will reach out via phone to discuss the job offer and/or send over an email with all the relevant details such as the job title, salary, and perks.
In most cases, you will receive the offer within 7 to 14 days of the in-person interview.
The Timing May Vary
It is important to note that the timeline for getting the job offer can vary depending on the company’s recruitment process and the number of candidates interviewed for the job.
Therefore, it is important to give the company enough time to appropriately review your application and reach out to you with their decision.
- Be patient – it takes time to thoroughly review applications and interviews.
- Follow up – if you don’t hear back after appropriate amount of time reaches out to the recruiter for updates.
- Network– jobs are often found through networking and personal connections. Consider leveraging your network to land an opportunity.
Therefore, job offers can come as soon as a few days after your application or as late as a few weeks after your interview. It is important to remain patient and follow up with the company when it takes too long.