Post # 1
Ok, so I work in debt collections and I totally suck at my job. I am a bleeding heart and don’t collect enough money so I am constantly in my managers office being hounded and I am stressed to the max!
So I decided to go for a new job. I interviewed for an amazing position about 2 weeks ago. The interview was with the owner of the company and the HR lady. The HR lady called me a few hours later and told me they were very interested and wanted to make sure I was keen. She said they had another canidate to interview and would get back to me Monday.
I followed up with an email on monday saying how interested I was etc. She replied saying that the owner had to fly to Melbourne for business and wasnt able to meet with the other canidate but he was meeting her the following Monday and would have an answer for me on Tuesday.
So I wait a week and get a call on Monday saying the girl called in sick for the interview and the owner wanted to meet with me again. She also asked for my references. I explained I would first have to speak with my manager to let her know I was leaving and the HR woman said that was fine and by the end of the day I had sent her my referees.
So I met with the owner yesterday, everything went well, he said the HR lady would call me today. At around lunch time I emailed the HR lady to confirm she recevied my email with the references and she said she had, and that the owner was interviewing the other girl tonight and she would have an answer to me by Friday.
Um.. what? She calls in sick for an interview and she gets another chance after I drag myself in there twice (both in the middle of a working day that I had to take leave for?!) Not only that, but I have now told my manager I am looking for new work- They made it seem like it was a done deal!
I am so stressed now.. if I dont get this job I am in an awkward position at work.
I hate that they made me believe I had it- ugh!
Post # 3
@dannielle89: i think it’s fair that they gave the other girl a second chance, she was sick after all, not her fault. they probably are still keen on you, they just need to check references and everything, but they can’t guarantee you the job before the other candidate was interviewed, that’s not fair on you or her.
they’re looking around at other candidates, you said you hate your job, why don’t you look at other places for jobs? don’t put all your eggs in one basket. when did they make it seem like a done deal? two interviews and asking for referees is a normal job application process. they made it clear to you that they were interviewing another candidate too.
i hope you get the job, but it is a good idea to apply for other jobs too, just in case 🙂
Post # 4
if you do not get this particular job (although it sounds as if they are interested) then keep looking, from the way you made it seem your current job is already a tense situation that you are trying to get out of. Good luck job hunting, Im on the hunt also.
Post # 5
Some companies have policies where they have to interview a minimum number of people before they can offer anyone a job. I had to wait nearly three weeks for my job, not because they didn’t want me but because they needed to get more interviews in. Don’t give up hope!
Post # 6
I would be stressed too! Thoug I agree with Jacqui90 though that it is fair for them to give the other candidate an interview.
As someone who has been through many a job interview (hiree and hirer), my advice is this: as long as you feel you did your best and presented yourself in the best way you could then whatever happens will happen. I’ve tried to reason my way through job interviews so many times, but you can never know what they’re really thinking. Maybe you’re the better worker, but the other candidate fits into the office’s “culture” better. Maybe you’re neck and neck and your follow up and enthusiasm will push you into the “win” category. You just never know.
If it doesn’t work, KEEP TRYING! I know what it’s like to be a bleeding heart salesperson being forced to sell something (or collect something) you don’t believe in. You WILL find something that makes you feel happier and less stressed.
Post # 7
Never speak to the current job till you have the new job in the bag… ie a start date
Post # 8
if the person had a good enough reason we would reschedule an interview (as we did last month for a backfill role) but his/her reason for missing the interview could weigh against her (like the above interview from last month who had childcare issues. yes we live in a PC world we’re not suppose to discriminate but im taking notes on that excuse because it affects me)
i have told my past 2 employers i was resigning and looking elsewhere with no problems, hopefully you are as lucky
goodluck – i hope you get good news
Post # 9
and if you don’t get this one, although i really hope you do and it sounds like you will!, there may be a job you love better right around the corner. In early July last year I applied to work at a newsagency, I had worked in two previously, knew I was well qualified for the job. Then my sister applied too, she had no experience, hadn’t had a proper job before, but she is more confident than me. We both got interviews, one after the other.
She got the job, the day I found out, I was really upset, she had heard about the job after me, applied after i told her i was applying, had no experience, and got the job instead of me. but two hours later my mum called, saying that the finance department at the company she works for was looking for someone to do data entry, filing, etc. i agreed to do it, i love my job and it is so much more in line with my career path than the newsagency would have been! (i am doing a commerce degree in accounting and finance)
so there is always something around the corner 🙂
Post # 10
I wouldn’t worry about it… you said yourself that your current job isn’t exactly a good fit for you. Your employer should know that you’re probably not happy & will look for different employment. Definitely keep your options open… don’t limit yourself to just this position. Continue applying for jobs that interest you. Eventually the right position will come through!
Post # 11
I don’t have an issue with them interviewing the other canidate- that is fair.
My issue is with the fact that when they called me on Monday they said she had called in sick, and the owner wanted to meet with me again just to go over the role more in depth. When I met with him yesterday he was saying “you will be” and “your role will be”. At the end of the interview he said he would talk to the HR lady and I would get my answer today. Today is here and I am no closer to an answer!
I do hate my job but I NEED my job. The fact that I am underperforming and they now know I am looking elsewhere is not good- why should they keep me on?
It is also hard for me to get to interviews and due to my perfomance I can’t just up and leave throughout the day looking for new work.
I am just very disappointed to be lead to believe that I had the job when really I am no closer than I was a week ago (except now my boss knows I want to leave).
I have a big meeting with him tomorrow and I wouldnt be surprised if they fire me now.
Post # 12
@dannielle89: sorry misunderstood, there was no mention of the ‘your role will be…’ etc in your other posts
Post # 13
@dannielle89: i hope all goes well in the meeting tomorrow!
Post # 14
@dannielle89: That is a really awful position to be put in, I’m so sorry =(
I really really hope you get good news for the spot you interviewed for, but I would also start sending out lots of applications and resumes given the situation at your current job!
Post # 15
Aw love 🙁 It sounds like the interview went well though, and maybe like someone said earlier, they have to interview the other girl to be seen as fair. Please come back an update us!
Post # 16
@dannielle89: I don’t want to be discouraging but if the owner used the term you as in you will be doing this, it prob. refers to the general you as in whoever does the job. I do that in interviews all the time. Likewise, I ask what would my job entail when applying for a job. It is a lot easier to say you will do this than the person we hire will do this. Fingers crossed, you are the person they hire.