Your current/last job: How long did it take you to get hired?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think it was about a week, but that was because I had to come back for another interview to meet some staff members who weren’t in the day of my first interview. They also had to call my references, which took an extra day or two because one of them was out of town for Thanksgiving. I had a really good feeling after I left my first interview that they were going to offer it to me, and after the second interview, I was about 98% certain. My second interview was early in the morning and they called me that afternoon to offer me the job.

Good luck – it sounds like it went well!

ETA: I should add that the girl in my position was leaving in 2 weeks, so they were in an unexpected rush (she only gave 2 weeks notice – they ask for 4) to hire someone. When we hired our development person about a month ago, it took a lot longer – like 3 weeks from the first interview.

Post # 4
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  I don’t know if this is typical but I sent in my resume in April they e-mailed me in August and had and interview and started two weeks later on August 30.

But I do work in tax office so they really didn’t need me until extensions became due in September and October.

In my neck of the woods it can take a very long time to get a job because the oil & gas industry is booming and there are lots of jobs available but as a result HR people and managers that are needed for hiring approval are overworked and it takes forever to get through all the red tape.

Post # 5
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@LadyBlackheart:  Well for the job I have now (been at since 2007) they called me while I was still driving home to ask me to come in for a second interview and practically offered me the job right then and there. That is NOT common though based on my past experiences.

I work with the hiring manager here and typically it takes between 1-2 weeks for us to get back to all the applicants and schedule interviews. This is usually because we are waiting for a reasonable amount of time/applications before closing the door so to speak.

Post # 6
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  I would not be discouraged yet!  They were out of town for a week and I went and reread what your interview was for and I bet as soon as they came back to the office they had tons of little problems to deal with.  And, if I hear through Wednesday at a trades show means they would not have been back in the office til this morning. 

Post # 7
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

My last go ’round took forever! I applied, and three months later the first interview was scheduled. Then a month later, I had the second interview. Two weeks later, I got the offer. 

In your case, I’d wait one week from yesterday to email her to followup. Totally normal. I actually got one job offer just because I appropriately followed up (okay, not solely based on that, but I was told it was a factor). 

Post # 8
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I feel like my current job took a long time…6 months from applying to starting

  • Applied in April
  • Interviewed in early July
  • Was told I would hear back two weeks later
  • Two weeks later…just past buisness hours..I got the call! I was hired!
  • Started Mid-September

Post # 9
12875 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve been at my current job for about 8 years now, but I think I got a verbal offer from them the following day, and official paperwork a few days later and started 2 weeks later since I had to quit my current job.  The job before that, the pretty much told me at the interview I was hired, and I got paper work the next day, and started the following Monday (I was unemployed and ready to go).


Post # 10
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Hmm, for my current job, after the interview I was offered the job within about a week? I guess it depends massively on the type of job. I’ve been offered retail-y jobs on the spot, but had to wait and wait for research positions

Post # 11
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I applied for my position in June. My PI then went on a six week leave >.< At the very end of July I got emailed for an interview (I was 1 of 3). I interviewed on August 2nd or 3rd and got emailed the job offer the next day, a Friday. I started the next Monday.

Post # 12
5533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh man, for the one I am currently at, I interviewed in September, then didnt hear back at all so I assumed I didnt get it. Then in November got a call froom the new manager to interview again and got hired at my interview. The first manager I interviewed with found out the day after my interview her husband had extremely aggressive cancer, so hiring someone was the last thing she was thinking about. For my job I just got hired for, it took four weeks from the time I unoffically talked to the manager (same place, different dept) to post an offical opening so I could apply, then two weeks to hear back form HR, another week for an interview then two weeks for my offer!

So sometimes it isnt that they dont want you if it is a long time, just sometimes the buracracy takes forever to do anything. Good lucK. 

Post # 13
2973 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  ….it’s been 7 days. That’s not even long enough for them to finish interviewing everyone else. Oh, and they were out of the office for the most part….so….

For the first job, they hired me on the spot as it was retail based & very casual. My second job took 3 months to hear anything after applying (I had actually forgotten about it) and after 4 interviews with many many people within 2-3 weeks, I got an offer the day after the last interview. 


Post # 14
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

There’s plenty of reasons why they could have gotten delayed. These timelines they give are often overly optimistic and don’t account for the variety of things that could’ve come up at the last minute. I think you should check back in by email sometime next week, after they’ve had a chance to catch up on work after the trade show.

That being said, you never have an offer until you have an offer and it would be wise to not let this job prevent you from applying just as much as you would if you had never had that interview.

Post # 15
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I need to pass two background checks before I can get hired (preschool teacher), so my last hire took 3 weeks!

Post # 16
2283 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

For my current job, I sent my resume on a Thursday and got a call for an interview on the next day (Friday). Then I had the interview on Monday, Tuesday they called my references, and on Wednesday or Thursday (can’t remember exactly) they “recommended” me for hire, which means they sent my information to district HR and I had to clear a background and finger print check. That took almost a week, but at that point I knew I had the job because there was nothing that was going to come up in my background. However, I’m a teacher and was hired less than 2 weeks before school started so it was definitely “rushed”. 

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