A few days after two rigorous interviews for a postdoctoral position at a highly reputable UK university, I received an email from HR, along the lines of:
Could you please send us your passport details, so we can confirm you for the role?
I wasn't quite sure what the email implied. While I was cautiously optimistic, I was not certain whether it is just bureaucracy, or if it indeed suggests that I have secured the role. After immediately sending the requested documents and not hearing anything else from the HR person, I contacted the interviewer, who mentioned that the email implies that I will be receiving a formal offer soon. I started celebrating for securing said position and sent an email in response to the interviewers, to thank them, and to express looking forward to work with them. A few days have now passed (4 to be specific), and I have yet to receive a formal offer; although, one of the interviewers who was CC'ed in the email that I had sent days earlier, just congratulated me in response this morning, and also expressed looking forward to work with me.
I wrote the HR person this morning, asking whether they could confirm that they have received the passport details that I had sent them days earlier, and if they need any other documents - I have yet to receive a response (albeit the email was sent this morning). I have started to get somewhat nervous and wondered if this delay by the HR is normal?
Additional info: I am a UK national, so while I could have appreciated delays due to visa requirements etc, this does not apply to me.