/ Asked by Eileen
I recently interviewed with a M.D. from a university and she checked my references the day after. Today, she called and said she wanted to hire me. However, she doesn’t have the power to hire, instead, she’s letting HR know about my application and they’ll do that work. She said it’ll take 2-3 months. Will HR check my references, and go through the hiring process again? Why does it take so long?
Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thanks for the question!  

Unfortunately, I'm guessing there might be a disconnect between the MD you interviewed with, and the HR department that is part of the company.  I think in your instance, it would make sense for you to touch base with the MD and ask some questions about the timing, process, and next steps, especially since they gave you a 2-3 month time frame.  

In some cases, it's just a matter of HR navigating the paperwork/administrative process of bringing you on board.  In some cases, there might not be an approved job, and the hiring manager (MD) is trying to push a job through for approvals, budgets, etc.  

I think it wouldn't at all be unreasonable for you to check with the individual you've already spoken with to understand next steps.  There might be a need to interview with others (such as HR), or you might just need to complete some pre-employment items (background check, drug test, etc.), then you'll receive an offer.  It really depends on what is going on "behind the scenes".  

I hope this helps!
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, on Monday, May 13, 2019
This is be for a number of reasons. My assumption is that the MD went ahead and started the interview process without all the HR steps in place. Sometimes this happens to get a jump start in the hiring needs. Did you have a position to formally apply to? This would help understand if the position has been put thought the proper channels to hire. If you haven’t spoken to anyone in HR just yet, it is likely because the position is still in its infancy stages in the HR Process, and why the MD mentioned a few months from beginning to end. Yes, most likely they will check your references again unless the internal process puts these check as part of the hiring manger action items. As mentioned by the other comment, I would suggest going back to the MD with questions around timing and expectations of the steps needed. Hope this helps!
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