Post # 1
Darling Husband has had a small business for the last few years (as long as I’ve known him) but the poor economy has made his profits/income inconsistent. He has agreed to temporarily return to his former career in management until the economy is better and his own business can consistently earn a sufficient profit.
Anyway… he had 4 interviews with this one particular company. Each interview was with the next highest professional on the corporate ladder. DH says the last meeting wasn’t even an interview. It was just meeting the Senior V.P. about 2 weeks ago and the guy even told him “Enjoy the holidays with your family. It may be the last one you’ll get to truly enjoy.” and ” HR person will be getting in touch with you soon.” So, it all seemed to go very well.
HR person has yet to call but Darling Husband followed up twice and called her. HR person was warm, friendly and basically said (I’m going to get to formally hiring you eventually.) in a variety of nice ways. There was conversation about not wanting to let go of the guy he would replace before the holidays. There was also talk about his willingness to travel for training. Again, it seemed to go well. So, the big question is… How long does it typically take for a company to make you a formal offer?
*I’m clueless about the corporate world because in my world (education) we interview and are usually officially hired within a few days. Often times it is the same day.
Post # 3
i’m not in corporate though i found out in ~2 weeks
Post # 4
The standard is usually 1 week, but with a holiday situation give them the benefit of the doubt and wait until after the New Year.
Post # 5
hmmm it could take awhile… i know it took abpout a month for me to get formerly hired into the company i work for now. just be patient 🙂
Post # 7
Darling Husband waited just over a month for his formal offer, for him it was the time in doing the background checks as the company is overly thorough. It also just may be that they don’t want to put anyone on until the New Year. Just makes it easier with the paperwork and accounting side of things.
Post # 8
@2ndtime: Its the holiday season, everyone is taking vacation. He will hear something by the 1st of the year.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! I was hoping that the holidays had something to do with it. I didn’t think about people being on vacation. We didn’t really expect for him to start working this year but we were hoping for an official offer and a start date of probably some time next month. I know I need to be patient. Patience is not a quality I have. ; ) I was just hoping for peace of mind.
Post # 10
I got my offer letter 3 weeks after my verbal hire. My verbal came right before the holidays last year, and my letter came about Jan. 10.
Post # 11
The offer letter finally came today! It has been about 2 months since the first interview with this company, and about 1 month since the last. It has been a long, nerve-wracking 2 months!