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Old 12-12-2013, 10:28 PM
 
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A recruiter from a staffing agency sets me up to interview for a job with a well-known company on Monday. It was a 30-minute, very to-the-point interview that went well, I thought. They told me they're interviewing 10 people for 3 positions and will make a decision by the end of Wednesday.

Later that Monday, the recruiter emails me and tells me that she has a "similar" position I can interview for on Wednesday if I have time. The position is at the same company, has a nearly identical description as the one I interviewed for before, but has a different title and has me interviewing with a different person than before. I assume this isn't some screwup, but it is. I got dressed up and drove 1 hour to town to accidentally interview for the same position on the same team. The interviewer and I figured that out after 5 minutes. We then parted ways and he told, as I had already been told, that they were going to make a decision by the end of that day.

Waste of time, but I'm not too annoyed. I think, "Well, that means I have a slightly better chance because I'm competing against 8 people instead of 9. It might also be good that they saw me all tidy and punctual on two different days, and because I had a good attitude about the miscommunication on their part."

It's Thursday night and I haven't heard anything. Can you believe that? I know they didn't technically say that they would contact everyone who didn't get hired, but they only had 6 rejectees to send emails to, if they would've taken the time to. I'm assuming I'm a rejectee at this point. But what the heck????? I do expect some courtesy for having driven up there twice and met with them.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:08 AM
 
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Most HR groups will not notify a candidate that they weren't selected because it opens up a can of worms and the ongoing 'why not me' questions.

As unorganized as that company is when interviewing, perhaps you lucked out by not getting hired.

It's very easy to get burned out on interviews; however, you could look at each interview as a rehearsal for the 'right' job and learn from each interview: what you could have done better, what you should not have said, etc.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:35 AM
 
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OP, I think it's okay for you to contact them and ask about your status. Sometimes HR policy is to stay silent about rejections until the candidate explicitly asks. For some other companies, they don't even reply when you ask.

Had that experience with a company months ago, they didn't get back to me 2 weeks after the interview so I called them, no response. Then I emailed the HR representative (who had been pretty responsive before the interview) and no response from her. Did so again a month later and no response.

So non-response is a common HR policy in many companies. It's a mean, discourteous policy but if there's anything I've learned in this process, it's that companies are only out for themselves when it comes to hiring, they do not seem to have any moral or ethical qualms beyond what is stipulated by law. Therefore as a candidate, you too have to adopt that same mentality, be only out for YOURSELF, and get used to the idea of screwing companies over because they WILL NOT HESITATE TO DO THAT TO YOU if they needed to. You cannot afford to be nice in an environment where everybody else is cutthroat, it's an unwise strategy.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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So non-response is a common HR policy in many companies. It's a mean, discourteous policy but if there's anything I've learned in this process, it's that companies are only out for themselves when it comes to hiring, they do not seem to have any moral or ethical qualms beyond what is stipulated by law. Therefore as a candidate, you too have to adopt that same mentality, be only out for YOURSELF, and get used to the idea of screwing companies over because they WILL NOT HESITATE TO DO THAT TO YOU if they needed to. You cannot afford to be nice in an environment where everybody else is cutthroat, it's an unwise strategy.
Yep and HR always wants an exit interview with employees who quit for feedback about the company. Unfortunately Hypocracy, rudeness, bigotry, and stupidity are the hallmarks of HR which is why they are hated.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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A recruiter from a staffing agency sets me up to interview for a job with a well-known company on Monday. It was a 30-minute, very to-the-point interview that went well, I thought. They told me they're interviewing 10 people for 3 positions and will make a decision by the end of Wednesday.

Later that Monday, the recruiter emails me and tells me that she has a "similar" position I can interview for on Wednesday if I have time. The position is at the same company, has a nearly identical description as the one I interviewed for before, but has a different title and has me interviewing with a different person than before. I assume this isn't some screwup, but it is. I got dressed up and drove 1 hour to town to accidentally interview for the same position on the same team. The interviewer and I figured that out after 5 minutes. We then parted ways and he told, as I had already been told, that they were going to make a decision by the end of that day.

Waste of time, but I'm not too annoyed. I think, "Well, that means I have a slightly better chance because I'm competing against 8 people instead of 9. It might also be good that they saw me all tidy and punctual on two different days, and because I had a good attitude about the miscommunication on their part."

It's Thursday night and I haven't heard anything. Can you believe that? I know they didn't technically say that they would contact everyone who didn't get hired, but they only had 6 rejectees to send emails to, if they would've taken the time to. I'm assuming I'm a rejectee at this point. But what the heck????? I do expect some courtesy for having driven up there twice and met with them.
Wow! That exact same thing happened to me. The difference was that I interviewed with them for a position, then a month later another simmilar one popped up and he forgot that I already interviewed with them, but it was the same people with a slightly different position. It was awkward for all of us. I was actually shocked and embarressed for the head hunter. Its unbelieveable how seriously incompotent these people are. I mean if you were that company, how could you even consider using a head hunter again.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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You interviewed on Monday and you're whining on Thursday night. I don't know if you got the job or not, but even if they did make a decision on Wednesday they might not have contacted anybody yet.

You mentioned a recruiter. Call or email that person for an update.

And you don't have to start a new thread every time you go on an interview. It's getting old.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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If you are Plan B in case their first choice(s) doesn't accept, you may not hear from them until much later.
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