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Alison Doyle

How Much Time From Interview to Job Offer?

By February 26, 2013

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CalendarThere really isn't a definitive amount of time that it takes to go from an interview to getting a job offer. The hiring process varies from employer to employer. The type of job you are applying for and the industry you work in can make a difference, too.

For college grads, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey reports that, on average, employers hiring new college graduates take 24.2 business days to extend a job offer after an interview.  Once the offer has been made, the candidate is given about two weeks to make a decision.

That's the average length of time to get a job offer for one sector of the job market.  For others, I've heard from job seekers who have received an offer within 24 - 48 hours of interviewing.  In other cases, the hiring process can drag on for weeks.  One person I know got a job offer, finally, six weeks after she first interviewed for the position.

What can you do if the process seems like it's taking forever?  Here's advice on how to follow up after a job interview.

Read More: NACE 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey

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