A Brief Timeline Explanation from Interview to Job Offer

Finding a job is like finding a needle in a haystack. With myriads of companies around, each of them requires an interview before you can get the position. The hiring process will vary from what company you are applying in. It’s not like an instant process where you can get hired in a matter of hours or days. Sometimes, it can even go for weeks. Below, we are going to break down each process of a job interview up to the day you will get the job offer.


This is the point where a company’s hiring process begins. You will see a lot of them posting flyers, being noisy and loud on social media because they are in dire need of an employee, and so on. People will notice the recruitments and will start filling up various form and applications that is then processed by the hiring manager.

Once done, the applicants will be scheduled for an interview. For those applying from faraway places, a video interview will be required. This will vary by software as well, with the most common one being Skype. But there are also other alternatives such as Zoom, and among others. Keep in mind that video interviews need a fast internet connection for it to go smoothly. There’s nothing worse than seeing a pixelated video of your employer paired with jaggy audio.

If the first interview goes well, the company will then schedule you for another interview to ask even more questions. This will test how willing you are for the position you’re applying in. If the first interview you’ve been on is via phone call, the second interview is more likely to be in person.

The Waiting Game

The amount of time from the interview to the job offer will vary. If you’re a fresh graduate, it’ll take about 24 days or even longer. However, this is not the case for others. As I’ve said, it varies from the company you are applying on. In some cases, you will receive a job offer after a week, while some others are dragging. What’s even worse is that some companies will not notify those who failed the interview and just disregard them immediately.

Why Wait?

There are various factors why a company won’t hire an employee immediately. The most common reason is that they still have plenty of candidates to interview within the week, and that part of the process is time-consuming.

Another case is that there might be a problem inside the company involving the HR process. Resolving the problem may take days or weeks depending on its kind. Lastly, the hiring manager may be busy with other things to take care off, where hiring new employees became their last priority.

Do Your Part

While waiting, it’s better to look for even more jobs and be interviewed for open positions. This will give you a lot of choices which job suits best for you when the job offer comes. Don’t you just love being flooded by job offers?

Follow Up

After the interview, make it a habit to send a “thank you” email to the hiring manager or employer. They will surely appreciate if you do. However, if you haven’t received any job offer after 10 to 14 days, this is the time where you have to make a phone call to the company to clear things up. Remember, be polite when making a call. If being verbal isn’t your cup of tea, you can send them an email instead.