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Academic Job Search: Your fate is (pretty much) sealed after 6 weeks.

September 26, 2016

Official interview invitation: The delay between application due date and being asked for an interview (skype/phone (3) or on campus (10), both (1)):
Range: 12 to 124 days
Average: 41 (+/- 31) days
Median: 32 days


By all means, maintain hope, but if you haven’t heard anything six weeks after the application deadline, the search has either failed or you didn’t make the short list.   You can remain optimistic for eight weeks if the six week delay spans the last two weeks of December when many universities are more or less shut down (gray bars).  That 124 day delay is exceptional.

Of my three skype/phone interviews, only one resulted in an on-campus interview.  That invitation came a few hours after the skype call.  Only the delay for the skype interview is included in this histogram.

Next up: How soon will they want to see you?

Sample preparation and data collection in Materials and Methods.

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