An unfortunate outcome resulted for a member who
had a successful phone screening interview. He then
was asked when he could come to town (1000 miles
away) to interview on-site.
His response was that he could come in 7 weeks.
(He had a graduation, a paper to finish and was
planning to attend a conference. Then, he could
go in conjunction with another conference trip.)
He recently learned that he should postpone the
trip as someone else has been offered the position.
If you delay an interview you are giving the signal that
they are not your first choice or their needs are not
high in your priority list.
It gives the organization the need to interview others
and offer the position to the closest qualified applicant.
In short it is a mistake not to ask how soon they wish
to have the position filled. Make plans to allow them
to meet their need.
There could be uncontrolled circumstances for a
longer than desired delays (although only illness
or child care needs come to mind), then consider
asking for a virtual video interview as an alternative.
They ask the questions and you respond on
This may not be exactly what they seek but it
displays your understanding their needs to go
to the next level within a time frame.