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​How Long Candidates Expect to Wait for a Response After an Interview

Posted-on January 2022 By Amy Bates

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You have some excellent candidates lined up for your new position. You interviewed them a week ago and are still weighing your options with co-workers and other hiring managers before making a job offer.


Unfortunately, you've put the candidates on hold while you decide. Three weeks after interviewing the candidates, you make a decision and extend a job offer. The issue is that the individual has moved on and is no longer interested. Or maybe they've already been offered another job elsewhere. All of your time was wasted, and you now have no one to fill your open position. ​

As a hiring manager looking to fill an open position, you want to avoid this situation. Waiting too long to make a job offer can turn off potential candidates.


How long will candidates have to wait before you offer them a job?

We recently did a poll on LinkedIn and a staggering 81% of respondents said they expect to get a response after an interview after 1 week.

Candidates, first and foremost, want to be treated as equals during the hiring process. They expect employers to provide a clear timeline for the hiring process. They also want to be kept up to date as the process progresses.


Candidates believe their experience as a candidate reflects how the company treats its people. So, if you tell them they should expect to hear from you by the end of the week and then don’t follow up, you're harming the company's overall reputation and relationship with the candidate. Your top candidate will lose interest and your company's reputation as a quality employer suffers as a result.


The candidate must be a good fit for the job to0020be able to extend a deadline. Making them wait longer than promised is therefore unnecessary and considered disrespectful, and as a result, they may accept a job offer from a competitor.


Whatever method you use for hiring, don't keep top candidates on hold for too long before making a job offer. If you are certain that you want to make a job offer, evaluate quickly, and move them forward the next step in the process. Otherwise, you risk losing your top candidate.