I'm in the midst of a career change, after 20+ years in a non-law-enforcement field, and successfully completed a panel interview for a forensic investigator position. I'm now in the background check phase, and wonder how long this typically takes? The time between my application submission and interview was one month, and between the interview and the start of the background check was approximately 3.5 weeks, Granted, as we're still in pandemic mode, I assume the process may take longer than usual. And, with 20 years of experience I have several prior jobs in my employment history, none of which are in law enforcement. I expect that will take some time. But, I'd like to get a sense of when to expect notice that I'm advancing to the next level or not. Also, it's my understanding that the results of my interview and background check will go up the chain of command, but I'm unclear on what that means. (I know who the agency's chain of command is, but does that mean each of them reviews the information?) Thank you in advance for insight.