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Old 07-03-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Carson, California
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Thanks for all the input guys! Quite relieved I'm not the only one experiencing this, but for all of us who are or did at one point, it really sucks. I just wish they never told me I had an offer! I'm still in the process of looking and trying to secure another offer, but no luck yet.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:55 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I agree, but the hiring company can do what they want.

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That's a load of bull.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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I hope you didn't lose any other prospects!
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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Sorry, but it's time to move on. This particular company is insulting you by stringing you along and doesn't have their act together enough to tender an offer properly.

If they do that now, it's only going to go downhill from here.

I would send an email to this "hiring manager" letting them know that you are regretfully withdrawing your name from consideration, as they obviously do not value you - or your time - as a prospective employee.

This. Be thankful you dodged a bullet.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:21 PM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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Unfortunately, you may have to cut your losses and continue your job search If you ever get into communications with them again (or in another situation similar to this), be FIRM, but polite about getting a timeline for a response. If they don't get back to you by then, inquire about it. If you get no response, then yeah, move along.

And egreed with everyone else... when you get a written job offer, THEN it's official. Sign it, Fed Ex it to the HR person, and give 'em a call and/or email telling them you accepted the offer (and are excited to start).

I've had a couple of positions I thought I was an excellent fit for (it's what I've been doing in my previous positions), and several more which were still good fits. 1 never got back to me, even after inquiring after such a timeline. 2 of them sent me decline to a job offer over the email. A 3rd one also did the same, but actually crafted out a thoughtful rejection notice, that I actually felt a bit better upon reading it.

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I have had something similar happen as well. It was for a position that I REALLY wanted, too. The told me the job was mine right in the interview. Then, they asked me to come and meet another guy at the firm. The day I went to meet him he was suddenly busy and so I met with the person who originally interviewed me again. After that, weeks went by and I heard nothing. It sucks. As it turns out, there was another candidate they wanted to hire and they were negotiating with that person while they strung me along as a backup.
Sounds about "right". You're a so called "secondary candidate". They really want the primary candidate, but to that primary candidate, the job you want is really his 2ndary job. He's probably being strung along while waiting for the company of his primary job choice to get back to him.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:11 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I would have sent a email and called the same day to either leave a message on the voicemail or talk to them live.

When it comes to a job offer I want to hear voices not send any emails.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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I agree, keep looking. But I have waited on a official start date for 4months. 3months of it was with no job after resigning frmo the previous job. This is I guess possible because in bigger firms there are lots of people that need to sign off (emails typically ignored) then they have to go thru the process of making sure they actually went thru and interview a number of people anyway. In many places I really dont need to be interviewed so I get a verbal agreement early so i will have to wait longer. I think only 50% of the time I pick the start date (days after my lastday at previous job)
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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I agree, keep looking. But I have waited on a official start date for 4months. 3months of it was with no job after resigning frmo the previous job. This is I guess possible because in bigger firms there are lots of people that need to sign off (emails typically ignored) then they have to go thru the process of making sure they actually went thru and interview a number of people anyway. In many places I really dont need to be interviewed so I get a verbal agreement early so i will have to wait longer. I think only 50% of the time I pick the start date (days after my lastday at previous job)
Huh? Why would you resign from a job without a firm start date in writing?

That makes no sense, you would have to be out of your mind to take a job and resign from your current one without a written offer stating the salary and the start date.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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Huh? Why would you resign from a job without a firm start date in writing?

That makes no sense, you would have to be out of your mind to take a job and resign from your current one without a written offer stating the salary and the start date.
It's a bit of a long story but again the common knowledge of how things should work is not always 'smart' and the abnormal isn't always out of your mind crazy.
In some places I am untouchable by any agent until I have officially resigned (bosses are ok with it). If they do they will get blacklisted
yes it does takes balls to make the move to greener pastures
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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I am going through similar, but I am unemployed. I posted a thread about the slow hiring process.
It really is ridiculous.

Last wage job I had was 2 months from interview to start date. Then 3 weeks til my first pay check.
We ate ramen and peanut butter and could not drive anywhere to conserve the gas for driving to work, whenever that was going to start.

The way things are now is totally ineffective. I think the small businesses without the HR people are a faster hire and less BS.

They are totally out of touch with what job seekers are going through and could not care less.
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