/ Asked by Kate
I recently was at a final interview for a development program, and all candidates were told that they'd be notified within two weeks. It's been a week, and I haven't heard anything back from them, and my guess is that they've already extended an offer to their top candidates and are waiting for them to respond. So what actually happens after the final interview?
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Monday, March 25, 2019
While the scenario you pose, could be the case, it is just as likely that they just haven't gotten to everyone yet.  Maybe they knew a key person would be out of the office or there are other short-term priorities they knew that would need to focus on before they could get back to everyone and that's why they indicated to you 'two weeks.'  Depending on how competitive the program is, there are certainly times where companies will prioritize their offers and keep going down the list until all of the slots are filled, but that is a lot to assume when it could just be a team trying to do 50 things at once and they only have time to do 20!

As it gets closer to the end of the 2-week window, make sure to reach out to them and inquire.  Don't make or infer any assumptions in your note, just acknowledge that it's been 2 weeks, you remain very interested and would like an update.  If you are considering programs at other companies as well, that's a good thing to make them aware of too, just make sure they know they are your top choice, assuming they are!
Answered by Holly, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, March 25, 2019
I suggest a follow up email thanking them for their time and expressing your interest in the program. This could generate further discussion on where they are at with their choice.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
It's difficult to say that there is one process that all companies follow after interviews because it can vary based on the position, candidates, interviewers, timeline, etc. I would agree with you that some companies do make hiring decisions and extend offers immediately after interviews so if you don't hear something right away, your assumption could be accurate. However, that is not always true. There could be other outlying factors such as not all interviewers have been able to calibrate on their feedback yet, or maybe there are additional interviews coming up and they want to be able to compare all candidates equally before extending offers. Also, sometimes the recruiter is out of the office or busy with other meetings and just can't get the offers extended immediately. It all depends! I would recommend waiting until the full 2 weeks have passed and if you don't hear anything, send an email to the recruiter to check-in. Or, if you have any pending offers and you need to hear back from the company sooner, don't be afraid to reach out and make them aware of that as well.

Good luck!
Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Monday, April 1, 2019
Hi There! Two weeks is a general time frame recruiters give interviewees, however this can be pushed back based on hiring manager availability, other ongoing interviews, approvals should an offer be in the works, etc. I recommend sending your recruiter a quick follow up email requesting an update or even thanking them for scheduling the interview. Don't lose hope! Sometimes no news is good news :)
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