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The Offer

Another way to maximize the likelihood that the top candidate will accept an offer is by making the offer as soon as possible after the campus visit. A timely offer will demonstrate sincere interest and eagerness for the candidate to join the department or school.

Before an offer can be made, however, (i) the school must submit a Faculty Search Guidelines Summary Form with supporting documentation to the Office of the Provost, and (ii) the Office of the Provost must approve the offer based on the candidate materials submitted. The form requires the school to provide the sex, race, ethnicity, and other information regarding the finalists interviewed or extensively reviewed for the position, to compare the proposed candidate's qualifications to those of other finalists not recommended for the position who are members of underrepresented groups, and to affirm that the search was conducted in accordance with the Faculty Search Guidelines. These offer details can also be entered online through the eRecruit module in the university's MyHR system. 

Any finalist not selected for a faculty position should be informed after an offer is accepted. If possible, the department or school should solicit feedback from finalists about the search process. Similarly, candidates who turn down offers to come to Northwestern should be contacted to share the reasons for their decisions, including feedback about the search process.

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