In the interview series segment on handling offers, M&M make the point that it's impossible to time offers, no matter how hard a person might try. I just wanted to share some proof of this.
I got a promise of an offer the other day. So the offer was laid out, but without numbers and other very important details attached. (The hiring manager was not expecting me to accept based on this information, either, he just wanted to keep me "on the hook" until he could nail down specifics) I had every expectation that I'd get the real offer later this week.
Well, now it turns out that his company has a policy they've asked him to follow of doing a background check, calling references (all nicely prepped -- thanks to the recent podcast on the subject!), and getting me tested for drug use (which I find terribly strange, given that I'm applying for a director-level position, but whatever).
So, what appeared to be an immediate (or near-immediate) offer has now extended into a substantially longer timeframe. Not a bad thing for me -- I'm hoping I'll get more offers in the interim to weigh against what this company offers -- but a good lesson in how you can't really influence the timing on any of this stuff.