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Old 08-22-2019, 07:57 AM
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I have been interviewing for a mid-level position at a corporate company. I went through two phone interviews and had my face to face last Friday which I assumed was the last step. I was told since the recruiter was out of the office on Friday that I would hear something on Monday.

I followed up with my direct report thanking him for the interview, yada yada and he immediately emailed me back and said that we had a great interview and he would be in touch next week (again this was Friday). Monday came and went and no word, same thing Tuesday. Yesterday I emailed the recruiter and she immediately emailed me back and said that they were "revisiting" things with he higher ups and are hoping to get back with me soon. I have never worked in a corporate field or position so I am not sure if this is normal, or if its a bad or good sign. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Seems to me the bigger the company the more difficult the process.
Old 08-22-2019, 08:01 AM
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Would not read anything into it. Been through it. Waiting is tough. You have done what you can. Ball is in their court and the wheels of corporate America turn slow....and lots of times they do stupid stuff. Real stupid stuff.
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Originally Posted by weems View Post
...Any suggestions would be helpful.
I would want you to relax and wait to hear from me.
I would expect you to understand that you aren't the only thing on my plate.

That may not fit your circumstance, but I'm telling you from a hiring perspective that we have our own issues that sometimes get in the way of speedy decisions and/or professional follow up.
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As a MLM at a huge company who just went through the process of hiring two individuals...I can tell you for a fact that it means absolutely nothing. Generally it's a week at a minimum, even if you blew them away on the interview and are a sure thing. Two weeks or even a month before an offer is normal.

We have to get through interviews (there have to be multiple), come to a consensus, take that to HR. HR takes it to corporate for approval to make an offer (just posting a job doesn't mean you have approval to hire). Once corporate approves, the offer is written, reviewed, approved by multiple parties...and finally sent out.

Don't sweat it. If you want an update though...ask. from my end, I'd rather be getting emails forwarded from HR asking for status than hearing nothing. Shows you are serious. But don't ask every day, obviously.

Good luck! I've been on your end a few times and it does suck waiting. We all want to get an offer on the spot because we killed the interview. And I can tell you most of the time our minds are made up after the conclusion...but that's not how corporate America works. A week to you is like a day to them. Interviews aren't the only thing going on, so delays happen.
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"Next week" it is still next week, stay calm.. Come Friday, reach out..
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I once interviewed for a company in June and wasn't offered the job until late October. Sometimes, HR and the hiring manager have to get together on salary, and where it is coming from.
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accept a job at a different company, as soon as you do, they will call you with an offer right away!
Old 08-22-2019, 08:09 AM
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Patience grasshopper, patience.

In the mean time keep pounding the pavement, might find something else better for all involved.

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Oh, boy. I work for a big company and can tell you all about this but I will just put down a few bullet points.

-Lots of time positions are posted because they are required to but the hiring manager already knows who they want to hire but due to HR policy they make the hiring manager interview anyone who is qualified before making a decision
-As a cost-saving measure, most large organizations close all positions and make the hiring manager justify why they need them. My approval chain has 12 people in it that I have to chase down and I have had this happen in the middle of a hire
-Did I mention something about 12 people in the approval chain on hiring and how long it takes to chase all of them down so they can take the two minutes to login to PeopleSoft and click approve?
-Once all of the approvals are done, HR has to put together an offer which some times requires legal review. For example, there is a guy outside the organization we are going to hire despite interviewing someone inside the organization who was qualified but is a complete ass and no one wants to work with him.

All in all don't hold your breath. I have had it take a week after an interview for an offer to get out the door and I have had it take six weeks
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
I once interviewed for a company in June and wasn't offered the job until late October. Sometimes, HR and the hiring manager have to get together on salary, and where it is coming from.
Yep...frequently the delays are caused by the other end of a cash flow stream getting delayed...a new contract or whatever.
But OP isn't even into anything I would consider a delay.
He's excited and wants to get to work...which I admire.
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I have found that the interview process is a good snap shot of what working for the company will be like. If they tell you they will follow up with you on "x" day and they don't, that's what working there will be like. Took me a few companies to figure that out.
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
Yep...frequently the delays are caused by the other end of a cash flow stream getting delayed...a new contract or whatever.
But OP isn't even into anything I would consider a delay.
He's excited and wants to get to work...which I admire.
Yup.

And remember...a huge company has thousands of open positions. You delay filling them by a week or two and you save ALOT of money.

But OP is still well within the realm of early.
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ha, dont get me started. In the middle of a process right now.
phone interview 15 mins
1st interview 2 hours
2nd 4 hours
3rd was scheduled for today at 1pm, yesterday they had to move it to Monday.
good company, I was told by many it was hard to get into. We will see
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
I would want you to relax and wait to hear from me.
I would expect you to understand that you aren't the only thing on my plate.

That may not fit your circumstance, but I'm telling you from a hiring perspective that we have our own issues that sometimes get in the way of speedy decisions and/or professional follow up.
Thanks, relaxing isn't in my nature when it comes to something like this, HOWEVER, I am not blowing up the recruiter, I sent one follow up email and that will likely be the last unless I decide to take another offer.

Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
As a MLM at a huge company who just went through the process of hiring two individuals...I can tell you for a fact that it means absolutely nothing. Generally it's a week at a minimum, even if you blew them away on the interview and are a sure thing. Two weeks or even a month before an offer is normal.

We have to get through interviews (there have to be multiple), come to a consensus, take that to HR. HR takes it to corporate for approval to make an offer (just posting a job doesn't mean you have approval to hire). Once corporate approves, the offer is written, reviewed, approved by multiple parties...and finally sent out.

Don't sweat it. If you want an update though...ask. from my end, I'd rather be getting emails forwarded from HR asking for status than hearing nothing. Shows you are serious. But don't ask every day, obviously.

Good luck! I've been on your end a few times and it does suck waiting. We all want to get an offer on the spot because we killed the interview. And I can tell you most of the time our minds are made up after the conclusion...but that's not how corporate America works. A week to you is like a day to them. Interviews aren't the only thing going on, so delays happen.
Unfortunately, that doesn't work in my case. I do have another offer on the table and have been given a deadline to accept or decline it, which is mid-next week.

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accept a job at a different company, as soon as you do, they will call you with an offer right away!
This is what I am afraid will happen.

I do have one offer, however I want the other one more. I am anxious to get started for either company, as I have had enough of my current position (very long story) and put my resignation in last week.
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
I would want you to relax and wait to hear from me.
I would expect you to understand that you aren't the only thing on my plate.

That may not fit your circumstance, but I'm telling you from a hiring perspective that we have our own issues that sometimes get in the way of speedy decisions and/or professional follow up.
This. I have had several folks who I was sure I would hire after meeting them... blow it with me by following up too much. Partly because this communicates a lack of understanding of what's on my plate, partly because it gives me a preview of what working with them might be like, and partly because it communicates a desperation that is a turnoff.
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Keep moving on. I doubt you'll ever get a hard followup from them. Too many candidates out there for them to respond to them all.
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Unfortunately, that doesn't work in my case. I do have another offer on the table and have been given a deadline to accept or decline it, which is mid-next week.
I would take it. Chances are if you are getting an offer from an organization that can hire quickly they are getting the good people while companies that drag their feet have to settle. I have lost many excellent candidates to our slow hiring process.
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Originally Posted by BOSBoatMan View Post
Keep moving on. I doubt you'll ever get a hard followup from them. Too many candidates out there for them to respond to them all.
I would hope that after 4 interviews I would get a follow up, rather it be a yes or no.
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Originally Posted by weems View Post


I would hope that after 4 interviews I would get a follow up, rather it be a yes or no.
Honestly, most big companies don't follow up and if they do its just a you are not selected. In this day in age to follow up is a liability as anything said can be a case for a discrimination law suit. It really sucks, I can't even give a reference as it can come back to bite us in the ass.

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