It has started to feel like winter outside lately, having frosted windscreens in the morning and the trees are looking bare now that the leaves have all fallen. Christmas will be here before we know it, not leaving many weeks to get your Christmas shopping done. A few of us in the office have started our Christmas shopping already, some have even finished! Have you started yours yet? Let us know in the comments below.
Over the last few months, we have posted blogs around frequently asked questions we receive from candidates at different stages of the recruitment process. We have previously looked at FAQs for the Application Stage and for the Interview Stage, this week we are focussing on the Offer Stage. Below is a list of questions we get asked, along with the answers and hopefully they will help you with any queries you may have.
You haven’t received any feedback from the hiring manager yet, does this mean I have been unsuccessful?
The length of time to receive feedback (whether it is good or bad news) can vary. We can receive feedback on the same day as the interview, other times it can take a few weeks. I wouldn’t rule out a role if it has been a few days since the interview as hiring managers can take a while to make a decision.
How long do I have to accept the offer?
Once we receive notification of the offer, we will get in touch with you straight away to let you know you have been offered the position. We then have 24 hours to go back and accept the offer.
What is the next step after I accept the offer?
The next step is to complete the on-boarding process. This involves providing scans of documents and completing a few forms. We will also need to collect references to cover your last 3 years work history. Once we have received all of the on-boarding documents, these will be passed on to Capita who will make you compliant and we can then confirm the start date.
When do they want me to start?
The majority of the time, they would like you to start ASAP. Therefore, the quicker the on-boarding process is completed, the quicker we can get you started in the contract. If there is a set start date in place, you will be informed of this and we can work towards getting you in for the date requested.
I have a notice period, will this affect the offer?
Your notice period would have been stated on your application form, therefore the hiring manager would be aware of this at the time of selecting you for an interview. When we accept the offer, we will provide an earliest available start date for you and your notice period will be taken into consideration here and fed back to the hiring manager.
When will I receive a contract?
Once your on-boarding documents have been sent to Capita and you have been made compliant, a start date will be confirmed with the hiring manager and a work order will be created. If you are using a Limited Company, a contract will be written and sent to you within 72 hours of us receiving the work order. If you are using an Umbrella Company, once we receive the work order we will send over your assignment details to your chosen Umbrella Company and they will provide you with the information.
Hopefully the above will have helped with any questions that you may have had about the offer stage, but if you think of something that is not listed, just get in touch and one of the team will be happy to have a chat. You can call us on 01633 548400, email us at email@example.com or leave a comment below. Look out for our next FAQ blog to come in a few weeks time, which will focus on on-boarding.
I hope you have a great weekend.