Exploding Job Offers


A message from the AMA Academic Council


Author: Marilyn Stone

A Message from the Academic Council on Exploding Job OffersWe appreciate each of the departments that committed to following the Job Market Guidelines put forth by the AMA in an effort to maintain some consistency in the job market schedule without in-person interviews at the Summer AMA conference.

As the job market is progressing, concerns have been brought forth regarding the use of “exploding offers,” including an expectation that job candidates will cancel scheduled visits that remain. While there is not an exact length of time that makes an offer an exploding offer, the original AMA job market guidelines recommended that job offers provided a minimum of two weeks of decision time.

While the AMA cannot mandate that departments follow these guidelines, we feel strongly that it is for the good of the field to avoid the use of exploding offers. Such offers can be harmful and result in suboptimal outcomes for both job candidates and hiring departments.

In an email to the AMA Academic Council Executive Committee, a senior scholar in our field stated: “Campus Visits used to be a major highlight of people’s early careers, despite the obvious butterflies accompanying hectic traveling, meeting new colleagues, and having to present one’s research. Exploding offers are robbing candidates of the ability to fully participate in this one special time of their professional lives, and are adding a layer of game-playing….” We concur with this sentiment.

We, as the AMA Academic Council, raise this issue out of the concern that this trend of what appears to be increasingly short-fused exploding job offers will negatively impact the field. In the coming months, we will be soliciting more input through surveys to both DocSIG members and department chairs to better assess the extent to which exploding offers are occurring and the impact they are having on the candidates and the field more generally.

Please reach out to any member of the Academic Council with any questions or concerns.

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