I'm getting pretty fed up now. I was offered a position at a local college just a couple days before their holiday break in December. It's PRN/casual, but I've been having difficulty finding a job within my background here, so I accepted it. It's a foot in the door and would be great for the experience. Their break was 2 weeks long, during which time the HR advisor handling my hiring was off for 3 weeks... so that's 3 weeks total gone right there. When she returned she asked me for my references again, and also sent me the employment paperwork (which included an offer letter). I gave her my references' contact details and sent her the paperwork.
A couple weeks passed and I heard nothing. I called to follow up and she said she was still waiting on my references, and that there was a delay on my DBS check. She said that they had to do something different with it, as I'm from the US. Never heard of that before, but I didn't question it.
A couple weeks later, I again followed up after hearing nothing. HR person said that she received one reference back, and was still waiting on the other one. I got in touch with my second referee and she said she didn't hear/receive anything from the college. I informed HR of this, to which she said that they called my referee, and asked her for her email address. She said that the reference form was sent to my referee's email. I contacted my referee again, and she confirmed that she spoke to HR but still hadn't received anything through email (she also checked her junk folder)- it's been a week since they spoke! Why couldn't the HR person just get the reference when she called her? So, looks like I will again need to inform them that my referee has received no email. I really hate chasing after people like this. At the same time, I don't want to seem pushy. It can be a tricky balance.
So, in total (from when HR person returned from break and all this began), it's been just over a month. Is this normal? I only ask because I've never experienced this long of a hiring process for a job before- not to mention all the back and forth and follow ups.
To make matters worse, I've read a few concerning articles about the college lately, and that they're (most likely) going to cut 100 jobs due to budget cuts. This includes the department I would be employed in, as well. No one has told me directly that my job is at risk... but it's still a concern