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Old 03-10-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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Yes, I am employed, but I was initially interested in this company because of the prestige, stability, etc. But now I think that this is truly crazy! Not that I didn't before, but the latest round of input on here just solidifies it for me. I will bow out! I am especially put off by the "hiring manager" not responding. One of the multiple people I've met with during this ordeal told me at one of the interviews that, "We should have a decision by the New Year. Or we may narrow it down to two, and have you both do a run off like on American Idol." Then he laughed.
A lot of companies assume that their name alone or the money and title they're offering is going to sucker young 20s-ish employees into accepting whatever crap they get thrown at them. One of the reasons why some employers don't like 40 or 50-somethings is that, beyond the actuarial odds of getting sick and missing work, there's an even bigger problem: they know bullsh*t when they see it.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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I have been interviewing for a position with the same company since September. I have gone on four interviews, which includes panel interviews, one-on-ones and phone interviews. I was informed last week that they want me to come in for yet another, fifth interview. This would be with several people I've already talked to. This is a respectable, mid-level position, but by no means a leadership, executive role (the type of positions I've understandably seen people put through the ringer to get). I just don't get it. I am tired and not even sure if they feel I am "the" one. Feels like a run-around.

Time to start billing them for your time. Have you actually ASKED for the job in any of these interviews? Make them provide a quick decision so you can move on with your life.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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Absolutely NOT.

I think you really need to let this one go. Is this a government agency?

They've given you the runaround for almost SEVEN months.
Gov't agencies don't even require THAT many interviews.

Five interviews is more than whats even required for something requiring a security clearance, although the clearance process can take that long or even longer.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: The City That Never Sleeps
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Most companies that are decently run don't require more than 2 interviews. 3 for a very high profile six figure job, maybe. Anything over 3 (and justified for the 3rd one) and you're looking at a bunch of losers. They must have a lot of time to waste if they are able to spend it on 5 interviews. They're not making any profit then if they have this much time. Were they trying to get private corporate information out of the applicant? Corporate espionage is a real thing. Did they want some free work done? Some candidates become so desperate that they will say/do anything to be hired after 5 interviews. It's some form of sick entertainment? It just sounds weird.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:02 PM
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Easy. Say NO. Being unemployed doesn't mean it's OK to be anyone's doormat. They should have been able to make a choice by now and decided whether to hire OP or not. OTOH, they might be the kind of employer who is just testing OP by determining if he/she will tell them no. Some firms are passive aggressive that way. Besides it appears they haven't made up their mind for whatever reasons, thus doing another interview is no guarantee he/she will get the job, so then OP will have wasted his/her time once again.
Tell your creditors that. If I were employed or newly unemployed, I would have stopped after the third interview. If I were unemployed for awhile without any prospects, I would have come in as many times as necessary.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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Did they want some free work done? Some candidates become so desperate that they will say/do anything to be hired after 5 interviews. It's some form of sick entertainment? It just sounds weird.
A friend of mine was desperate to relocate and therefore desperate for a job in the city she wanted to move to. A company she interviewed had her come back multiple times, do research, give presentations and even write a paper. She got the job, eventually, but left after a short while since the company was awful to work for but it got her to the city of her choice.

She's been an asset at every job she's ever had, and is now very happy with a different employer. I just don't understand how some companies are run...
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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Eh, I've done 4/5 interviews a couple of times. One process, the longest, took 5 months from beginning to end. It was the best job I ever had.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Pac. NW
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Put it to them like this:
"If you like what you hear at interview number 5, are you prepared to hire me at the conclusion of the interview?"

That'll get them to quit jackin' ya around....
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Put it to them like this:
"If you like what you hear at interview number 5, are you prepared to hire me at the conclusion of the interview?"

That'll get them to quit jackin' ya around....
That or they will cut bait. The problem with the take it or leave it logic is it is a game theory decision board. There are only two options, they like your moxy for having the proverbial balls to say that or they cut bait because you are a trouble-maker. It's a zero-sum game. The path of least resistance is put on the game face (for argument sake) and take the interview and have it in the back of your mind if you get selected or not.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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This happened to me a couple times. Even currently I'm interviewing with a company since October and we're up to the 4th interview...

One time I had 6 interviews before not even getting an offer after the last one, and that was a damn 7 month process....

From my experience, it just feels like a run around.
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