How companies view timeframe to interview & offer in relation to start date.
Should you apply for companies you’re interested in even if you’re months away from being able to start the job? There’s no single answer to this question. Every company and hiring manager has varying opinions about how soon they’d want to start talking to someone based on when that person could start a job.
However, in general, the larger the company, the greater tolerance they have for a person who can’t start for a long time, since they’re able to plan further in advance. If you can’t start for three to nine months in a larger company, they’ll more likely move forward and present you with an offer.
On the other hand, smaller companies typically look for people who can start in less than two months—ideally, two to three weeks once an offer is made. Any longer than that and they become much less interested in talking to the candidate. There can be exceptions depending on the personal approaches to the case, hiring managers, and the federal sales with the Fed fiscal year. For these cases, there’s an understanding that the candidate may not be able to start until a certain point, and the company will have a slightly higher tolerance for the delay.
Keep this in mind when you plan to make your next move. If you have questions about this topic or anything related, call or email me. I’m always happy to help!