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How long do I wait to hear from a company that made me a job offer, flew me and my wife to check out the town, and then asked for references

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Wait for what? Did u accept the job? The references should be a simple formality. They made a huge investment in you already and would have to hear something pretty bad to rescind the offer. I doubt u would provide references which would b negative. I would call your future boss and find out if u don't already know who you should b working with In their HR department for your paperwork etc. i expect they told u if they r providing a moving package if so u need to get the information.. don't sit back and wait unless they instructed u to wait for a set period. certainly b in touch prior to the holiday so by Thursday as Friday many people take off early.

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Thanks for your reply. "Did u accept the job?"
Yes, but since nothing has been in writing I'm unsure now of what's going on. Friday 6/21 - returned from the trip, they said they would put something together and get back with me on Monday 6/24.
Monday 6/24 - asked for references.
Tues 6/25 - asked for two specific references
Wed 6/26 - got a call from a different company who wanted me to fly in for an interview.
Thurs 6/27 - emailed the first company, told them that another company wanted to fly me in for an interview but since they were still checking references I wasn't sure if their offer was firm. Their reply was, "we are still very much interested in you coming to work for us" and they would be done checking references that day.

As of today 7/2, I still haven't heard from them. I've been speaking with HR this whole time. There has not been any set period. It's been just over a week since they started checking references; said they would be done last Thursday. I'm taking your advice and contacting them by Thursday.
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Sounds good and for sure go on that other interview because u want to make the best choice for yourself. In checking references they can't always control how fast the person u provided as a reference gets back to them , particularly if its dome HR rep from previous employer. I suggest too that u call your references and see what u can find out about them calling and to make them aware hoe important their reference is to u.
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Wait as long as it takes, but have a small job to have while you wait so you can still provide for your family. Also try emailing the company if it takes longer than you think it should. Good luck and I hope you get the job! :D

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Thanks for your response. I'll do that!
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Just be ready to accept the offer. If they invested that much in you, they just have to do the paperwork. Give it till next week because of the holidays. Bon chance!

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Ready to accept the offer. I've read differing opinions on negotiating salary. I've been wondering why they would check references AFTER extending the offer and flying you to see the location. Thought maybe it was a way to get me worked up so that I would accept the salary they offer. If so, it's a very effective technique!
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Which is why they're not going to waste $$ if they didn't want you. Just make sure they don't want you to reimburse them for the trip! LOL J/K
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They must really like you. Congratulations, you have skills that are in high demand and not easy to get apparently by the way that they have treated you. As long as you know that the company is legit, you should contact them by phone and ask if they have made a decision already. If they say no yet. Asked them when do they think they will have a decision made. Don't be pushy just friendly and smile while calling them because smiles are transferable over the phone and they will pick up your friendly attitude. Usually a company won't invest money on a prospect candidate unless they really like them.

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Thanks! I haven't thought about contacting by phone...it has been so easy to email. It would definitely be a better way to get a straight answer and not be misunderstood.
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They could have flown several of you to interview. I'd wait 2 weeks, then call.

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Sorry I didn't go into full detail earlier. I had already traveled to their office for an interview, after a couple of phone interviews. They don't have an office where they flew us; it will be a new facility. The trip was after they extended an offer (not in writing). They said the purpose of the trip was to make sure me and my wife would be willing to relocate since the location is up north and living up there would be very different than what we were used to. They arranged for a real estate agent to help us with whatever we needed but did not expect us to find housing yet. We had her drive us around and show us the different areas. We were there for five nights. They said they would fly us up on a second trip later to find a place to live.
Still just really thrown off by them asking for references after all of this and then not getting back with me. Thursday will be one week since they were supposed to be done with reference checks. Does it normally take this long?
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. It still could take that long on references. You can't just call up former bosses anymore. It has to go thru Human Resources departments. I wouldn't call for another week.
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