How long should this hiring process take?

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How long should this hiring process take?

Postby James Tyler » Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:03 pm

On January 15th, I had a phone interview with a big biotech company for a technician type of position. I got the interview through a recruiter. The next day, my recruiter sent me an email saying that the company invited me for an in-person interview on January 25th (Friday).

The position was very similar to my previous position (I have been unemployed since early January) and on the phone, the person interviewing me said it was a good fit. The position is for a 6 month contract.

I emailed my recruiter after the in-person interview, and he said they should give him feedback the next week (the week of January 28th). My recruiter never got feedback the week after the interview, however. Last Wednesday, I even sent him an email and he said he’d follow up with them but he hasn’t emailed me back.

Does it seem like I won’t get the position? Do companies usually give the recruiter a response or at least some feedback the week after the interview?

Or is this considered normal? What is usually the timeline for situations like this? For my previous position (which was a temp position), I interviewed on a Friday, and the following Monday afternoon my recruiter told me they wanted to hire me. Does it usually move that fast for temp positions?
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Re: How long should this hiring process take?

Postby P.C. » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:56 pm

Temp hiring can be very fast.
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Re: How long should this hiring process take?

Postby E. Johnson » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:02 pm

I don't know. I did a couple of phone interviews, then 2 months of silence over the holidays, now it seems every day I have some contact with one of the 3 places I'm considering.
You never know. In my position I like to think we're pretty speedy with the hiring process but sometime it drags on. Sometimes it's hard to get the right people to interview in the office on the same day.
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Re: How long should this hiring process take?

Postby PG » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:53 am

How long time a recruiting process may take is difficult to say since there are so many factors that go into this.

If the right people are available at the right time, the need is urgent, resources to hire is available and the candidate is a perfect match it can go very fast ie within a couple of days.

If any of these factors isnt happening it can sometimes take a long time. Also if the company is hiring more than one person or if you are the number two candidate these are factors that will also add time.
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