If you are wondering what is the typical job offer process or why job offers take so long, this article is for you.
As a former recruiter, I’m going to share what happens in the job offer process, the reasons for process delays, and why it takes a long time to get a job offer in your job search.
I will also share some tips that job seekers can use to get a job offer faster.
What is the job offer process?
The typical job offer process involves multiple rounds of interviews and a number of candidates. This is why job offers last so long.
After each interview, team members will meet to discuss their overall impression of you, their concerns, strengths and weaknesses, and whether you are one of the candidates they want to continue interviewing.
In the end, one candidate was selected to receive a job offer.
After selecting a candidate, the employer still has to perform background checks, decide on salary, issue a formal written offer and set a start date.
These are all important steps and considerations for the employer and can lead to a job offer lasting longer than you expect.
On average, the job offer process takes five to seven days. In rare cases, an employer may leave you waiting several weeks before you receive a job offer.
Almost always more than one person is involved in employment decisions for an employer, which can lead to further delays. The more people and departments involved in the decision, the slower the process will be in most cases.
Next, let’s take a closer look at some specific ways in which your job offer may take longer than expected, and then I’ll share what you can do to get the job done faster!
Why do job offers take so long?
Job offers last so long that recruitment decisions are critical for a company and the wrong decision is costly. The interview and recruitment process involves a large number of people and departments, which creates more likelihood of delays, complications and long duration.
The recruitment process can be delayed while the company is interviewing other candidates. They may even have made an offer to another candidate and then move on to their second choice if the first candidate does not accept.
The recruitment and interview process may be delayed even when a recruitment manager or team is busy with other work tasks. The recruiting manager has many responsibilities in addition to interviewing candidates, such as managing the work and the day-to-day goals of their staff.
The recruitment process can be delayed even if the company has a change in its personnel budget or strategy.
Finally, job offers can last a long time if key staff members are not in the office due to illness, vacation or other reasons. The recruitment process tends to slow down during the holiday season for this reason.
Read this article for the best and worst times of the year to apply for a job.
Now that you know the job offer process and some of the reasons why job offers can take a long time, let’s look at how you can speed up your job search and get that offer faster!
How to get job offers faster
Next, I’m going to share the best ways to get a faster response from employers in your career so you do not wait longer than necessary.
Track and set reminders
After each step in the interview process, ask when you can expect to hear feedback and what happens next.
Also ask who in the company will contact you, so that you know who to contact if necessary.
Next, set a reminder to follow up with the employer if you have not heard back from him.
Do not wait weeks after an interview when a low-level human resources employee may simply forget to reply or update you. Tracking instead.
Even if you were turned down for the job, it is better to know than to wait weeks and wonder about the job.
Always follow. Track everything in Excel or another method.
Communicate effectively and clearly
While scheduling interviews and preparing for a job offer, you can save time and avoid waiting by providing clear and accurate information to the employer.
Provide multiple time slots for availability when responding to an interview request, for example.
Also respond to company emails within 24 hours.
The more effectively you can communicate, the more likely you are to be offered the job quickly.
Anticipate the needs of the employer
Be prepared ahead of time with references, salary requirements, when you can start working and other information that you expect the company to ask you.
This way, when employers want to hire you, there is no delay in providing the necessary information.
When filling jobs, most employers will take you through the same steps and require the same information.
So start paying attention to what each company is asking for throughout the interview process, and the process will become smoother with each new employer you talk to.
You will improve on this throughout your career.
Do not stop applying for a job until you have signed a job offer
One of the most common mistakes candidates make is to go out for one or two interviews, get excited about the job and wait to hear back instead of applying for more jobs in the meantime.
When I talk to candidates who have searched for months or even years without success, this is one of the mistakes I hear most often.
Employers interview many people before they hire someone, and you only increase the chances of a long job search if you stop and wait after a job interview.
It is better to accept several job offers and choose the best one than to sit and wait for an offer you will never be able to reach.
So behave with interest and excitement for each role. Follow up as needed and stay up to date on any company for feedback.
But also understand that companies interview a lot of people on average, and only one person interviewed will get the job.
You do not know who else applied, what they have in their resume and how the interview went. So it’s dangerous and silly to assume you’re hired even if you see a lot of signs that your interview went well.
I can not stress this enough: if you want a shorter and frustrated job search from the offers that last so long, you need to focus on factors that you can control such as the number of jobs you are applying for.
You can not get an employer to choose who to hire in one week instead of two weeks, but you can take advantage of that extra time to send an email to 20 new employers. This way you get a job offer faster.
Conclusion: Why do job offers take so long?
There are many factors and people involved in the typical recruitment decision and therefore many possible reasons why the process takes so long. Multiple candidates go through multiple interviews, and then each person from the company must meet and discuss those interviews to decide who to hire.
Even after the company knows who they want to hire from among the interviewees, they have to decide on a salary, perform a due diligence and put together a proposal with the legal team, human resources team and more.
The process and the exact resources involved in putting together the proposal depend on the individual business, but it is almost always a complex process that includes meetings, phone calls, paperwork and a number of members of the management team.
This is why companies take so long to offer a job offer.
Fortunately, if you have read the second half of this article, you will know how to get companies to decide on hiring faster and at the same time also increase the number of job offers you will receive. If you skipped this information above, I recommend scrolling back and reading carefully.