Post # 1
1/12 I applied for a job. It went really well. Great professional chemistry with the interviewer. I walked out knowing they wanted me. She was the recruiter and intro’d me to the HR Director and gave me a tour of the floor. Walking out she told me there *may* need to be a second interview with my program manager. I followed up with a thank you letter by snail mail.
They’ve called 2 of my 3 references–they may have called all 3, but only 2 of my refs emailed me saying they got calls and said they gave stellar refs.
Okay it’s now 1/25!!!
What should I do? I’m in a field that needs a lot of BG checks–child welfare, local, federal, and driving records which I signed off they can do. I don’t know how long those take though–could that be the hold up? I’ve done my own driving records before and that took a day–I printed them online. I just assumed the others you could pull up online, but I may be wrong.
Now my question is should I email asking about the 2nd interview? And if so, what exactly should I say? (Note: I already sent a snail mail thank you card so I don’t know if this is too pushy.). I’m surprised they went ahead with ref calls w/o the 2nd.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t follow up specifically asking about a second interview; it seems pretty presumptuous to me to do that. Calling references doesn’t mean you 100% got the job, but that they are seriously considering hiring you.
Depending on the type of background check you need, it could take a long time. Once I signed a conditional letter of employment (conditions being, pass a background investigation), it took like 9 months (standard), but it was pretty in depth. I’m not sure what kind you’re alluding to, or what the standard is for your field, so I can’t speak to how long those will take. (Feel free to PM me if you have further questions or want specific details).
If it’s a big company, they likely haven’t even received your thank you card, btw. It takes forever for the mail to get to the right people. In the future, I’d recommend sending a snail mail card, and a quick follow-up email thanking them for their time).
I’d give them two full weeks before following up, and then email the recruiter to ask for the status. Be polite but vague: “Dear Ms. Smith, Thank you again for the opportunity to interview with Company Name. After speaking with you, I am very excited about the possibility of working for Company. Are you aware of any progress being made in filling this position? Best Regards, MrsTCB.”
Post # 4
abbie017 Thanks for this. I actually emailed yesterday right after your post because it was the two week mark. Now we’re in salary neg. GOOD LUCK TO ME! FINGERS CROSSED!