Post # 1
I feel like I’m going to scream and sob at the same time.
About a week ago I posted about how I felt like my last interview at a dream job didn’t go so well. The person I interviewed with just didn’t seem like she liked me (she answered the phone and got up and walked out of the room during our interview) and she said she’d let me know by the end of the week if they would invite me back for a *fifth* interview. I was frustrated that it would take so long to decide that, but I figured I couldn’t do anything but be patient. A couple of days later I drop of hand written thank-you notes in person and run into another one of the women I interviewed with. With sort of a wink and a smile she told me that I’d be getting a call. I was hopeful again, feeling like at the very least I’d gotten through to the fifth interview.
Come Friday, the latest I’d expected to hear back, and no one was in the office. I call yesterday and leave a voice mail but no one gets back to me. I call again late this morning and the last woman I interviewed with told me I was still being considered for the position but they’re going through other resumes and they’ll let me know by the end of the week. I guess what’s frustrating about that is my fiance is hiring at his company and the applicants he’s gotten have been laughable. People show up in sweatpants or not at all. They turn in a paragraph about their life instead of a resume, or a 5 page resume. This is for a management position! So I figure if this is my competition in the job market as a well written, educated, put together applicant with a professional resume (experience all over the country and even the world), great references and a squeaky clean background, people should be fighting over me! But it’s so hard to even get people to call me back when they say they will.
Do employers not realize that as applicants, our livelihoods depend on jobs? Every single day I stress about what happens if I do or don’t get offered the position. It would quite literally change my life. But they can’t even bother to let me know if they want to interview me for the fifth time. I feel like if they have to go through all of this, it’s a good sign that I’m not going to get an offer, right? I’m going to call back Thursday afternoon and ask to speak with the other woman, the one who told me I’d be getting a call. I’ll tell her that this job is at the top of my list but I’m being pursued by other companies (which is the truth, I just don’t think I can work for $10/hr) and I’d really like to know if I’m wasting my time or not hoping that something will come of this one.
If anyone has any advice about how to deal with this incredibly frustrating job market, or if you’re reading something into what’s going on (good or bad), please share.
Post # 4
Well, it feels good to vent.
Post # 5
I am going to be honest, but at this point you are going to come of as pushy and it may seem difficult to work with. You have followed up and they told you when you would here. I would wait until next week and speak with the woman then. I would try not to burn any bridge at this point.
Post # 6
@ieatunicorns: Fair. I can give it until Monday.
Even though I think it’s ridiculous I’m the pushy one for wanting to know which direction my life will go in after they’ve been rude about getting back to me. But I see your point.
Post # 7
With respect, if you are as pushy for answers about this job as you are for responses on here then maybe just calm it down a bit?
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Post # 9
No they don’t. They are a company making a business decision. Like you make decisions, they mull things over, weight things, and see what would work best for them. I would back off a little bit, maybe look for other jobs to interview for and take a shot at those. Also, just because the person interviewing you took a call, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t like you, it’s a business and she may have been expecting this call.
I was at a job and they tabled the hiring process for a few weeks, due to a recent merger, and then resumed interviews. They wound up going with one of the first people they interviewed but it was almost 6 weeks after the interview.
Post # 10
Unfortunately they are able to keep you waiting. You can either choose to accept it and wait to see if they offer you something, or move on and pursue a different option.
Post # 11
@chickspartan: I think you have followed up enough for now.
Employers know that applicants are desperate for a job. They also know that you want to hear back from them. Keep in mind though, that the employers also need someone with empathy for their position. If they get 1200 applicants for a job,which is not unusual, they cannot possibly get back to all of them.
Even if you are one of 10 finalists, they already told you they would get back to you by the end of the week. I think you will jeopardize your chances if you pester them anymore.
Post # 12
I don’t know what kind of hiring your FI does, but I do hiring and I get flooded with dozens of resumes every time we have a job posting (and that’s after a recruiter knocks out a bunch). I get all professionally formatted resumes. The job market is flooded with people trying to get jobs, and you aren’t the only one who needs one.
I wouldn’t call her again. You’re running the risk of being pushy, like PPs have said.
Post # 13
I see that without responses threads quickly fall to the second and third pages. Pardon me for reaching out to my fellow bees, who are usually quite understanding and empathetic, during a really tough time in my life and hoping for some kind words. I hope if your friends are ever in a frustrating spot you respond with more kindness than you have responded to me.
Post # 14
I understand that I have to keep waiting for now. I don’t have any other choice. I’m just expressing my frustration at what I feel like is sort of a rude situation while my life hangs in the balance. I know the job market is oversaturated with applicants right now, but I’m not sure if that’s the case where I’m located. My fiance had so many poor responses he had to start cold calling. If I apply to a job I usually get a call within 48 hours. A friend of mine did an experiement posting about a job on craigslist (wanting to see for herself if people could really respond to a job ad with such an unprofessional demeanor) and got 0 responses. But I guess I’m overeager and need to just sit at home and knit or something.
Post # 15
I understand how you feel but at the same time I agree with the others. Wait until the end the week before calling them next week. I know how it feels waiting for a call but if you continuos call them you’ll just come off as desperate and frankly – annoying. There’s no point of asking to speak to a specific lady regarding to the position. All your interviewers will discuss it together and make the decision together as well.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
It is frustrating. I’ve had friends go through the same things you’re going through. It’s rough. The hardest part is not knowing. But, like PPs have said, just do the best you can to be as patient as possible. There are 101 reasons why our hiring process/decision can be delayed, and we don’t usually relay that information to the applicants. I do want to say though, that when I get people continually calling me (once a week is fine, and it’s fine twice if you’re calling Monday & Friday), but if you call me too often, I will make a negative mark on you in my mind. I’ll assume you’re difficult to work with. Just be careful with constant contact!
Best of luck!