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sweety62
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« on: April 04, 2012, 5:26:48 AM »

Hello!
I was asked to send LORs after on-campus interview.
I don't know whether this is a good sign or not because I haven't heard from SC since I sent the LORs (been over a week).
I wish I have another offers so I can contact SC - but sadly I don't, not yet.
I am driving myself crazy because of this waiting...

Request for LORs after campus interview, is this a good sign or a bad sign?

Thanks in advance.
Happy Easter! (few days early though)
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polly_mer
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 7:39:30 AM »

It doesn't mean anything.  Some folks wait until this point to distinguish between equally good candidates.  Some folks wait until that point to double check on gut feel about craziness.

A week is nothing in job search time.  Bang out more applications.  Work on your papers and proposals.  Distract yourself.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 9:20:15 AM »

I disagree with polly.  Would they have asked you for the letters if they were no longer interested in you for the position?  So calm down and give them the time they need to do what they have to do.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2012, 1:51:54 PM »

FWIW, the job that just recently made me an offer asked for references after the oncampus interview.... no telling what order the SC will complete the process....
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polly_mer
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2012, 5:23:50 PM »

I disagree with polly.  Would they have asked you for the letters if they were no longer interested in you for the position? 

If the institution requires that all finalists have complete packets even for rejection (using HR think, how can you reject someone without having all the information, that's UNFAIR), then yes, they would have asked even knowing that they are rejecting you.  That's not necessarily the case here, but it's a possibility for searches I've heard being run.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2012, 4:45:41 PM »

I've never heard of a request for LOR if they're planning on rejecting you.   I've been rejected many-a-time without out a request from my references, so I'd take it as good, especially if it helps calm your nerves.
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glowdart
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 4:52:14 PM »

I've seen reference letters (or calls) requested to get information on candidates after the campus visits when a committee was having trouble making a decision and had concerns that could be addressed by references.  

I tend to agree that it's likely a good sign that you're not being immediately cut after the campus visit, but not necessarily a sign of an impending offer, particularly if the school has a lot of HR hoops.  
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