long can a college student expect to wait for a job offer after an interview?
And, after an offer is extended, how long will he or she have to accept or
NACE’s 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey found
that, on average, employers hiring new college graduates take 24.2 business days
to extend an offer to a college student after an interview. Once an offer has
been extended, employers then give the candidate an average of 14.1 business days
to make a decision.
interview-to-offer cycle time in the 2012 survey is consistent with that from
previous years,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “These results
show that there tends to be a relatively narrow timeframe during which the
offer follows the interview.” (See Figure 1.)
significant differences in interview-to-offer cycle times across industries. Government
agencies have one of the longer interview-to-offer cycles with a 38-day
average. However, they are not alone as employers in other industries—such as
recreation and hospitality (39.5 days), engineering services (30.3 days), and
construction (30 days)—have similar timeframes.
By contrast, recruiters from computer and electronics
manufacturers (16 days), accounting services (17 days), and miscellaneous business
services (17.5 days) take an average of fewer than 18 days to deliver their
Recruiting Benchmarks Survey, National
Association of Colleges and Employers
Recruiting Benchmarks Survey: NACE’s 2012
Recruiting Benchmarks Survey was
conducted June 15 through August 15, 2012; 242 employer-member organizations
took part. An executive summary of the survey report is
available at www.naceweb.org/Research/Recruiters/Recruiting_Benchmarks_Survey.aspx.
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