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Why does the hiring process take so long?

I am stuck in a situation. I had two job interviews in a TEXTILE FIRM and I was selected. On 15 Jan this year, I was called for final interview of confirmation. So, I was confirmed and asked to join the company on 1 Feb. But when I went there on 1 Feb, they told me that there are some complications in the process so my joining is delayed. So I continued following through with them with calls and they keep on telling me that I am selected and my job is confirmed but is delayed. I have talked to corporate HR and he apologized for the delay and told me that my job is confirmed. So, 1 month has passed since my joining date and they are not telling me my final joining date but my job is confirmed.Why is it taking so long and what should I do?


Topic Expert
Malak Kazan
Title: VP, Special Projects
Company: ERI Economic Research Institute
(VP, Special Projects, ERI Economic Research Institute) |

The scenario described is unusual. If you resigned a position to start employment on Feb 1 there are also legal implications. You can wait it out or take this "experience" with the company as a signal of their culture and leadership to reconsider if it is the type of organization you want to join. Hope this helps.

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Title: NoneJobTitle
Company: None
(NoneJobTitle, None) |

Thank you very much.
Actually hr head confirmed me only verbally. So are there legal implications on verbal confirmation?.

Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
LinkedIn Profile
(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

HOW they "confirmed" that you got the job is important. Did they confirm it in writing/emails? Was there any some sort of negotiation and acceptance of the details?

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Title: NoneJobTitle
Company: None
(NoneJobTitle, None) |

No, they havent confirmed me in writing but according to my reference in company, head hr and coporate hr have confirmed me verbally. Their stance is that they have confirmed me in final interview so now there is no point in not hiring. Also in my final interview hr head negotiated salary.

Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
LinkedIn Profile
(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

There may be VALID reasons for the delay. Project delays, funding delays, etc.

What I do NOT agree to is the lack of transparency. This may be an indication of company culture (good and bad) and I would send them an email about it (subtle forcing of a written explanation) and explain your situation (that you have maybe resigned your previous position or what not) and would want to know the timetable so you can plan your next moves.

Please remember that the TONE of your email is important. Just lay down your cards without being a jerk. Email the HR head. Whether it is good news or bad news, the earlier you can move on, the better for you. Being stuck in limbo is the worst kind of anxiety.

(Manager) |

You said they apologized for the delay, but did they give you a reason why? I've seen times where background checks can cause delays. More common than background checks being the issue, it's usually an issue with a decision maker either being unavailable or putting off the finalization steps because they are busy with something else. Or it could be budget reasons, or departmental restructuring, or anything.

Most organizations send an official offer letter after they've verbally make the offer. Did they say they were going to send anything like that?

Topic Expert
Christie Jahn
Title: CFO
Company: Prime Investments & Development
(CFO, Prime Investments & Development) |

I would definitely be leery. If there is a valid reason for the delay they should be able to communicate that to you and make sure you are okay with waiting to be respectful to you and your time.

Mark Matheny
Title: VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis
Company: Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)
(VP - FInancial Planning and Analysis, Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly)) |

Can't say I have heard of an instance where a job was confirmed with a start date and then delayed. I would have concerns.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Here's one way to look at it. This is something I experienced first hand in 2009.

I interviewed with a construction company to be in a newly created accountant's position. Before it was the Controller, A/R manager, A/P manager, and 7 A/P clerks. Business was going well. I was interviewed twice. Kept waiting and waiting to hear back. After several emails and phone calls I was told that the company lost a lot of jobs it was expecting to get. Tax credits for the customers dried up, construction, as with the rest of the economy, went south.

The company no longer needed me.

It may be that the company is experiencing an unexpected decline in its business. The last place you want to be is in a company as a newly hired person who is no longer needed. It could be a blessing in disguise.

On a positive note, the economy and company recovered. I now work for the company I interviewed with in 2009. I was hired in 2011 and am about to celebrate 4 great years with them.

Ray Towle
Title: Senior Talent Consultant
Company: StaffingForce
(Senior Talent Consultant, StaffingForce) |

Greetings Anon, based on years of experience, Re: why the selection, hiring, and on-boarding time, etc., takes the time it does - I suggest that you speak directly with the Hiring Manager, voice-to-voice. The Hiring Manager knows best! Good luck! Ray Towle, SPHR

Paula Maietta
Title: Human Resources Manager (Temp position)
Company: The Westin Verasa Napa
(Human Resources Manager (Temp position), The Westin Verasa Napa) |

Unfortunately, I have been with a company that asked me to delay the hiring of someone last minute...the reason...they realized they did not have the money in the budget to pay another salary. The owner was trying to get funding and was not able to...I would take that as a big red flag and move on!

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