"You Know Nothing [Yet], Jon Snow!"
My potential future manager followed up with me after an interview and hands out a verbal offer...The manager mentioned there is going to be a delay on the official offer as the HR is not ready to post the job on the website yet.
It's impossible to read too much into a situation where one wasn't present, so your mileage may vary. However, this happens often enough that one can make some reasonable assumptions based on life experience. More pragmatically, it means that the following are all equally likely to be true:
- The manager liked you enough to want to make sure you were still on the market before recommending a candidate to HR.
- The manager probably didn't intend to make a "verbal offer," but rather was giving you positive feedback that you'd made the short list from which the final selection would actually be made.
- The manager probably recommended that you be made an offer, if you said you were still available and interested.
- This particular manager is likely not the actual hiring authority.
- The manager was hiring you ahead of a posting (which can be a good thing), but it can also mean the manager had no backing to actually hire anyone.
- The hiring process will unwind at a pace that neither the hiring manager nor you can directly control.
- You do not actually have a real offer yet.
- You do not yet have an actual job with them.
- You do not yet know the parameters of any possible offer, including wages or benefits.
- You have no timeline expectations from the employer, so you have no way to know if (among other possibilities) the delay is routine, they're waiting on budget or headcount approval for the role, you're still just one candidate among many, or if it's something else altogether.
Basically, you have questions, and random strangers on the Internet can't really tell you what the employer's standard process is or what's in their minds. While it's likely that you're in a holding pattern until the end of the year, if you want to know what your status is or what their timeline is for providing you with an offer, you'll have to ask them.
It's not at all unreasonable to reach out to the manager (or the human resources department, depending on the politics) and ask something like:
Thanks for the feedback you gave me a few weeks ago. Will I be receiving an offer? If so, when should I expect an offer to be extended?
You can gussy it up and make it more polite (or more demanding, if you prefer) but in the end you are simply asking that they define their process and a time box for you. That's not at all unreasonable, and is really the only way you will get a definitive answer to your very reasonable process-related questions.