Reasonable time between interview and job notification?

Hi all.

I need to pick the collective brain. What do you consider a reasonable length of time between an interview and notification of filling the position?

I interviewed for a public service position around 3 months ago and I heard this week that they still have not made a decision. (This would be a promotional position for me) It boggles my mind that they would treat staff this way, and I wonder whether outside applicants have gotten the same treatment. I should add that this interview was to fill 2 positions, one of which has been filled. When that position was filled, they notified other applicant but not me, even though I interviewed to be eligible for BOTH positions. I am irritated by this and wondered if anyone out there could give me advice on how to tactfully express my indignance over this. TIA

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I've got that beat!

For one of my jobs, I'll leave the name o' the place out, I had the interview on Mothers Day, and didn't know if I had it or not until August!I did take the job, and turned one down in July with high hopes that I would get the one I was waiting for, but that's way too long.I'd say anything over a month or two is far too long, but search committees can get in all sorts of trouble if they move too quick.It's all about the committee.

depends on the library, academic or public?

I've gotten notification about jobs around 2-3 months after interviewing when it was at an academic library.
If the librarians have to intervew multiple people, prepare reports for a search committee, have the search committee rank their top candidates, and then vote on who they are going to offer the job to, it can take forever.
I do think that sometimes internal candidates get shafted, but it might not be the best idea for you politically to express your indignation about not being notified in a timely manner.
You could go to human resources, and "express your concerns about the library's hiring process" maybe.

Re:depends on the library, academic or public?

It's a public library. Usually hiring doesn't take this long. I've been put off for the last 2 months with the lines "She's working on it but there have been unexpected delays". Three months is a lot of delays. And the search committee is one person at this point, the other person has filled her position so she's out of the decision. I am thinking about talking to the HR person and asking what she thinks a reasonable time frame would be. It certainly makes me think twice about taking the job!

Re:I've got that beat!

Yikes! I've already interviewed for another job outside this system that I want more. And they have said it'll be weeks not months when I hear the decision (I didn't tell them about this situation).

Once I interviewed for a job at a public library, was wined and dined, and I never heard anything about the job. It was about 1 year later when I got a postcard from their HR department telling me that my application would no longer be kept on file and if I wished to apply for a job I would have to send a new resume. Maybe this is my extreme propriety coming out but I would think if you had someone come for an all-day interview the least you could do was call them and tell them they didn't get the job. Sheesh...

Re:depends on the library, academic or public?

OK, it being a public library would make me annoyed if this was me, I think they usually don't have the same type of red tape that academic libraries do in their hiring process. Talking to the HR person seems reasonable to me at this point, although I'd wonder too about what the delays signal about the job itself!

Re:depends on the library, academic or public?

Yep, I agree with you. I am wondering what I can expect when/if I get into the position. At this point, I am very much leaning towards not taking the position if offered, although I might make her wait awhile to hear my answer. :-) I was told flat-out this week that she hasn't made the decision yet. It's just galling that they would allow her to treat colleagues this way.

Just remember

Unles you really know why they are taking so damn long, don't let it bug you. It could be anything, so I wouldn't rule them out just because they are moving so slow.
Could be budget, a death in the library, illness of a committee member, alien abduction, and so on.
Don't take it personally, but don't hold out waiting for this job if you can help it.
It may just be time to move on, maybe they just don't like you ;-)

Re:Just remember

That's good advice. It's just kinda hard since the scuttlebutt is that I have the job. I heard that 2 months ago. Moral of the story: Never listen to the gossips. We're working under the "If you've got open positions fill them now" motto because of a budget crisis so the fact that this is taking forever is a bit weird. Ah well, the joys of working in a public library I guess.

Re:Just remember

Yeah, at my current job if the library director hadn't broken the rules and called me to let me know that I was going to be getting an offer, I'd have taken another less desirable job I was offered afterwards as it took them 4-5 months to get through the system to offer this one to me. It was over 2 months after she called that someone called to offer it (and that was only because she harrassed the hell out of personnel to get them to do it).

Still it was really difficult turning the other one down without official confirmation on this one as it was a place I had been working at part-time already. But this one pays a LOT better and I actually have an office (the poor reference staff at the place I used to work have their desks out on the floor--no privacy ever).

So some places do take forever because of their bureaucracies. On the other hand, I still haven't received my rejection letter from the interview for the job from hell at MSU that I interviewed for in 1998 (not that you could have paid me enough to take that miserable job--and they weren't paying all that much).

Re:Just remember

Well, you get he prize for the longest wait to hear a rejection! Congratulations. ;-)

I just think that, no matter what the circumstances, it's a little unprofessional (or least lacking in courtesy) to let an interviewee hang on for months without telling them something. Hearing "I haven't made my decision yet" 3 months post-interview kinda sucks. But at least that is a straight answer, the HR director told me that "She's working on making a decision, even this week! And when she makes a decision you will be notified." Perhaps if I keep repeating "I like working here. I like working here." enough I'll make it through without telling them where to stick their job. Now, THAT would be unprofessional.

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