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Asked by Mitesh on December 20, 2016

I have completed all rounds of my interview. After two weeks, I got an email from an HR manager that I am a finalist for the position. I followed up a couple days later with the same manager and he mentioned we will make a decision by the end of this week. Is this a normal timeline? And isn't it a good sign that they notified me I was a finalist? Thanks!

Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on December 21, 2016

Hello and congrats on working through the interview process! It can be difficult to determine what a normal timeline is because companies can have such a wide variety of timelines that they work through. Completing all of the interview rounds and hearing from the HR manager are great! It sounds like this company has done a good job of keeping you informed of your status as you work through their process. If you do not hear anything by the end of the week, I would suggest waiting a day or two before following up again. Best of luck!

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Answered by Wendy, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on December 22, 2016

Unfortunately in the workplace things happen beyond anyone’s control. Budgets could hold up an offer, a hiring manager’s sick child, vacation’s, do you see where I am going? Believe it or not inconsistency is “normal”. My suggestion is to contact the recruiter/HR manager and ask for an update. Or, follow-up with the hiring manager.

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Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on January 10, 2017

A final decision may be delayed for several reasons. (ex. pending approval from budget to move forward with an offer at a specific rate) Remain patient as processes differ per employer.

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Answered by Sophie, Hiring Expert at American Express, on January 27, 2017

Congratulations! Getting to a final round interview is an incredible accomplishment and you should be so proud of that. It's an incredibly good sign for the Hiring Manager to reach out to you with this information. Also I have to hand it to the Hiring Manager for reaching out with this information, HR is an incredibly busy department so the fact that they took the time to email you and let you know is fantastic.
The interview process can really bring out the impatient side of you, especially when you want answers as soon as possible. This is a completely normal timeline for a Manager to have. Try to remember that HR Managers are also working on getting feedback from the interviewers, checking references, and calibrating with your future managers.
It's completely understandable to feel a little anxious about getting answers, but try to give HR a bit of time to get their ducks in a row. Feel proud of you what you've accomplished and I will cross my fingers for you!

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