/ Asked by Maura
Is it acceptable to ask when the hiring decision will be made at an interview?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Monday, August 31, 2015
This is a great question! It is absolutely acceptable to inquire the length of time it will take a company to make a hiring decision after your interview. Of course, try to do so without being pushy or desperate. A good way to phrase the question is, "Could you please explain your timeline and next steps?".  Remember that an interview is for the company and you. It's important that you're comfortable with the company, the job, and the timeline. It's always ok to ask questions pertaining to those things during the interview process, so you learn more about how the company fits with you and your values.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Good morning,
Great question! Interviews can be stressful so relax and come prepared with your resume and questions to ask. Having a question about the timeline for when the company expects to make a decision is perfectly fine to ask.
Remember in the interview to sell yourself and explain why you are a fit for the role - good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 11, 2015
Absolutely.  Interviews can be stressful enough, but not knowing what the next steps are in the process can add to this stress.  As the interview closes and you are in the phase of asking questions to the interviewer(s), pose the question of 'Can you let me know what the next steps are in the process and when I can expect a decision to be made'.  This will force the interviewer to at least give an estimate on when they will make a decision.  Now, things can certainly change that can cause the estimate that they provided to be adjusted, but asking the question is perfectly OK.  If you do  not hear from them within a week of the time frame they gave, follow-up with an e-mail asking politely about the status of the position.  If two more weeks pass, and you still have not received a response, follow-up with a phone call and ask the same question.
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Good Question. Yes it is OK to ask, however be prepared to get an estimate as to when they hope to have the hiring decision made, there are many factors that go into this process, so they may not give you a definite date.  You may get the response that it could "take a while", and this is usually when the job is newly posted, and the recruiter is screening many new applicants at the same time.  You may also want to be prepared with a return question, "Is there a specific deadline that you have?". The recruiter is giving you the opportunity to let them know if you are holding on making a decision for another offer that you already have from another employer.  Best of luck to you. 
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