How long before job offer extended?

  1. I have interviewed with everyone for a job at a nearby hospital. I know people on the inside who have said that I'm the most qualified candidate for the job. They need to hire 5-6 PNPs ASAP. Their head PNP said she hoped I would come work for them.

    I know it's not a given, but it seems like a pretty sure thing. How long does it usually take before they will call and let me know?
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   Psychcns
    Keep looking until you have an offer..there are often delays.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Yeah - for my first APN position, I interviewed with the practice manager, then two weeks later, the MD President of the practice, then another two weeks, the other mid-levels...then I shadowed one of the NPs...then I waited another three weeks, got an offer, I countered the offer, they went back to the docs again and finally we came to an agreement...it seemed to take forever! lol
  5. by   tryingtohaveitall
    Ok, good to know. I am definitely impatient and realize this is an opportunity for growth in that area. Then I start worrying... lol. Glad to hear this isn't unusual. I just know how needy they are for APNs and thought they'd be in more of a hurry.

    At what point do they check references, before the offer?
  6. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    I took about 8 weeks to get an offer from one practice that I interviewed for, and 30 minutes for another. There is no way to predict. Good luck.
  7. by   tryingtohaveitall
    Thank you, that helps.
  8. by   juan de la cruz
    In my experience (and I've worked in 4 different hospitals as an NP), the job offer comes in less than a week after the interview but the wait for getting references called, background check, credentialing, clearing with HR, etc. can take months so the date of hire comes much later than the day I was told I got the job.
  9. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    Yup, that too. I was offered my current job on 8/20/08. I remember, b/c it is my spouse's birthday and we were out celebrating when the call came. I counter offered and eventually accepted the job about 3 weeks later. However, my official date of hire was 12/19/08 because it took HR and the credentialing committee that long to get their ducks in a row!
  10. by   juan de la cruz
    Quote from tryingtohaveitall
    At what point do they check references, before the offer?
    I've always been told that I'm hired before the background checks. They will also ask you to consent to the background check and this is going to cost the hospital money so they will not proceed with this if they're not interested in the candidate. Of course, they'll say the hiring is contingent on passing background checks. References are typically called before the job offer but I've had references called after.
  11. by   tryingtohaveitall
    Thanks for your input. Any advice on countering? How long do you usually have to accept or counter?
  12. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    They will tell you how long you have to respond. They knew I had other offers and gave me 30 days after their best offer. As for countering, know what you want, know the local market trends, and then ask for what seems reasonable. The worst thing they can say is "no, you can't have that."
  13. by   tryingtohaveitall
    Thank you, BlueDevil. It's been a long time since I accepted a new position, can you tell? I am really hoping to stay at my current hospital, but I certainly don't want to pass up a good offer assuming I'll get something else.

    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    They will tell you how long you have to respond. They knew I had other offers and gave me 30 days after their best offer. As for countering, know what you want, know the local market trends, and then ask for what seems reasonable. The worst thing they can say is "no, you can't have that."
  14. by   tryingtohaveitall
    As an update, they finally called last week to give me a good offer. It took 29 days. Unfortunately, they only gave me til Tuesday to give my answer. (they said Monday but I reminded them it was a holiday). The other job I am a top candidate for is still interviewing and said they can't give me an answer by Tuesday. Ugh. I plan on asking for at least another week before I give my answer. Any advice?

    I really want the 2nd job more, but hate to pass on the 1st job in case the 2nd offer doesn't come.

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How long before job offer extended?