Last month, I went through the interview process with a major NYC-based accounting firm. I attended four interviews, progressively meeting higher and higher-ranking executives within the department. About a week following my interview with the top exec., I received a call from him saying that I was their top candidate, and that they'd put together an offer letter.
HR contacted me that same day to request full compensation history detail. I was a bit reluctant to relay this (as I know I am not by law required to do so), and I believe I have been pretty seriously underpaid compared to market standards and holding a graduated degree. I was likely underpaid due to the down market from 2008 onward, and given that I have required work authorization sponsorship until this year - now I am a green card holder.
Nonetheless, I relayed comp. history to HR via a very cordial email sent that same day. I did not receive a response email to this, but I assumed that the process was moving forward at that point.
Now it has been a full two weeks since I've had any news. I sent a follow-up email two days ago asking if they should need any additional info. from me at the moment and to enjoy the long weekend.
Still nothing. Of course, I've continued my search, but I am wondering if a major, well-established, large U.S. accounting firm is normally taking more than two weeks just to put together an initial job offer letter/package....
Any thoughts from anyone in major financial firm HRs? Does it take more than two weeks to put together the initial offer? If there was an issue -- ie. a reference not returning their call, a flag of some sort in the process, a change in interest or a new top candidate....-- then wouldn't HR call to let me know?