Post # 1
Ok, so I’ve been interviewing for this job for weeks now, but I’m trying to hold out hope here…
Did a writing sample, then went in for a first interview. They told me I wouldn’t hear for at least a week, and called the next day to schedule a second interview. After the second interview they said it would be two weeks, and they called a few days later and asked for my references.
I sent my references to the HR lady on Thursday night, and I just spoke to all three, and she hasn’t called one yet. She also never responded to my email (but I know the address was right). I am planning to call and follow up on Thursday if she still hasn’t called any of them (so I can give her a full week), but I am confused: is this a bad sign? I’ve never had it happen where it’s taken so long to reach out to a single one of my references.
For some background, they are hiring several people in the department, and I’ve been told it was going to take a while after the second interview because they need to finalize exact headcount, and which teams people will go to….but if they called for my references surely they’re moving forward? Ugh this process is so stressful!
Post # 3
@sara_tiara: If you sent her your references thursday night, she saw them Friday…and today is Tuesday…That’s not even 3 whole business days.
I would give it this week before you start calling and demanding answers. There is a very likely chance that she has other things to do.
Good luck & don’t stress. I know the waiting game sucks but you did your best, and they obviously like you.
Post # 4
@Mimoza: You are right, and I rationally know that I need to stop being crazy…this job just involves a huge change for me and DH (moving to another city), so I am just anxious to find out as we need to start planning if it’s going to happen!
Post # 5
Another thing to consider is that maybe the other candidates have not yet gotten their references in to her yet. She may want to do the calling all together, and if she is waiting on another candidate, she isn’t going to tell you that.
Post # 6
@sara_tiara: Totally understandable. It’s difficult to let go and just sit & wait when nothing is in your hands anymore. Been there.
The best you could do is focus on something else? Plan in your head? 😛
Post # 7
The waiting game is SO hard! Of course people are busy and hiring a given person is just one small part of their job, but when that one person is YOU, it’s so hard to be patient!
DH and I have been waiting for THREE weeks to hear about the results of a job interview. We have heard third-hand that things are moving along positively, but it’s still so hard not knowing for sure! Good luck being patient–what will be will be!
Post # 8
She may even have been off on Friday. If you’ve had two interviews, and they’ve called you sooner than they told you they would, and they’ve asked for references, they’re definitely interested in you. The issue — whatever it may be — is on their end, not yours. Sit tight for now.
Post # 10
Alright, well mystery solved.
They hadn’t called my references because…they decided not to?
Intsead, they called and OFFERED ME THE JOB!
I still don’t know why they didn’t call them, especially since when they called to offer me the job she said “since everything checked out with your references we want to offer you the job”…but either way, I GOT IT!
Post # 11
@sara_tiara: I am a hiring manager and I hate follow-ups. If/when I have something to tell you, I will call. Calling and asking me will not change my decision, and it will not force my decision either. The thank you emails show you are still interested, so it’s important to be patient. It’s the start of vacation season so it is entirely possible it will take longer (plus she told you it will take awhile).
ETA: see! They called when they had something to say. Congrats 🙂
Post # 12
@sara_tiara: Yay! Congrats!!!