I've just been contacted by a student who did a phone interview this morning for a decent TT job. He was distressed, though, by the interviewing department's claim that they were aiming to have on-campus interviews in early December, and an offer out by Christmas. The student assumed that this would require the person offered the job to respond to the offer before departments interviewing at the APA would have a chance to even invite finalists to campus. Thus, whoever gets the offer from the department doing the phone interview would have to accept (or decline) before getting a sense of the other opportunities he or she may have.
This seems unfair. Does the APA have any policy on this? I'd go look at the APA webshite, but, as everyone knows, it's a dysfunctional mess and utterly useless.