Post # 1
So I just got out of an interview and I’m feeling really down. I did a preliminary phone interview, at which point I was asked to come in and meet with them in person. When I got there the person who was supposed to be interviewing me was out so I met with someone else, who liked me enough to immediately ask me to sit down with another person on the team. She told me as soon as the interview was over that I would be getting a call about another interview with the person I was originally supposed to meet with. This all happened last week. I ended up setting up an appointment for today and I just got a feeling the (FOURTH) interview didn’t go well. On my part, I feel like I did everything I could have to answer the questions as thoroughly and thoughtfully as possible. I sold myself without being too braggy and talked about why I was really inspired to apply for this job. But by the end of the interview the woman said they’d let me know by the END OF THE WEEK *IF* they wanted to do a FIFTH interview. This is just excessive torture. Don’t you think that if she liked me she would have just let me know they’d call me to set up a time for another interview like all the others did? Or at least not have given me such a long time to wait? She just seemed sort of cold to me and I got the feeling she didn’t like me for some reason despite my answers.
What’s the most frustrating part is that this job would have changed mine and my FI’s lives. I’ve been in a lot of low paying jobs that just help us stay afloat, but this job would have helped us really reach our goals in life and accomplish what we want to financially. If I get another $10/11 an hour job I’m not even sure if we’ll be able to pay for our wedding. So I guess I’m heartbroken that after so many rounds of interviews it looks like I’m going to get a big fat no.
I just needed to vent. Anyone else who’s frustrated with the job search feel free to share your woes.
Post # 3
@chickspartan: I would just say don’t give up on this one yet. Maybe that is just her personality? Maybe she didn’t want to say too much too soon? Maybe she needs to talk to the others on her team to discuss pros and cons? Maybe, like has happened to me before, she thinks they aren’t going to allow her to hire the position after all. Maybe it was just your perception that things she was saying were negative?
Lots of reasons for it going the way it did. Just hang in there and be ready to kick butt at the next interview! Good luck!
Post # 4
@chickspartan: Their process seems a bit excessive but don’t rule yourself out. It’s not at all surprising to me that they might wait until they have completed other interviews at this same stage before they decide who they are calling back next week.
Post # 5
Thanks guys. (= I really hope I get a call back, I just can’t believe that even if it is a positive I have to endure yet another round of waiting and hoping and stressing. I can’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t get a good feeling about it, but I hope I’m wrong.
Post # 6
@chickspartan: You’re always your own harshest critic and in my experience the time I felt I’ve done worst in an interview is right when I’ve come out of it. Try to relax and realize that there is nothing you can do at this point. Just keep your fingers crossed and know that at the worst you’ve gained some great experience under your belt. Fingers crossed for you!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
I’ve had people say “IF” because they don’t want to give the impression that the candidate has got the job, even if in the back of their mind they want to hire you. Some people are just weird like that. It may also be that she wants to touch base with her team to get their feedback before she commits to another interview. I agree with PPs and wouldn’t rule yourself out!
Post # 8
My company requires potenital new hires to interview with the every single person who works at our office, from the receptionist and the founding partners. In total it’s about 30 people. Because of how hard it is to get everyone’s schedules to work out, our interview process typically last a month and sometimes longer. My best friend works at Google and her interview to hire process took 4 month and she had ELEVEN interviews. Be thankful they haven’t made you go though all that!
I’d say tough it out and go back for that 5th interview if need be. Even if you feel that you stumbled in your interview process, it doesn’t mean you did. I think they would have cut you loose by this point if they weren’t interesed, so I would assume the best! Good luck!!!
Post # 9
@Lilada: Thanks. I would really hope that getting this far along in the process is a good thing, and that at this point they’re just dotting I’s and crossing T’s to be certain. I would hope that if I had proven myself enough in the previous interviews enough to continue on that they like me a lot. I’ve just never experienced this in depth of a process and it’s agonizing when I want it so bad.
@LMD: I’m hoping that even if this interview didn’t go as well as I had hoped maybe they’re willing to bring me in again since I did well enough the first few rounds? And I have another chance to prove myself?
This has been helpful. I’m trying not to get my hopes up but I needed a bit of positive feedback.
Post # 10
just keep up hope! If its a job you want its worth it.
I just did an initial phone interview for a job I really want. It went great! But le sigh, he was like: we’ll have our short list done in 2 weeks which you will be on. I’ll be in touch then.
I wish we could just wrap it up this week!