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Old 12-11-2015, 08:15 PM
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I understand what you're saying, but Cols starts to seem a lot larger once you start driving around in it.

It's all the different neighborhoods. If one has the patience to drive from the north end of High Street up near 270 all the way south past downtown, there's everything from mansions to section 8 housing, as well as libraries, unique shops, the rose park, OSU campus, Italian Village, Short North, downtown, etc . . . I used to take out-of-state guests on that drive and they would remark that Cols was a lot bigger than they thought.

(And no, I SO do NOT miss all that traffic! I can cross the Des Moines metro in 20 minutes, even at rush hour! It used to take me 20 minutes to get six blocks to Rt. 315 at rush hour . . .)
Yeah I'm not saying that Columbus is a small city, but in the class of US cities that can truly be defined as large? Nope.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Yeah I'm not saying that Columbus is a small city, but in the class of US cities that can truly be defined as large? Nope.
Columbus is truly large though. And it feels much bigger than it looks on a map.

Being the 32nd largest metro in the nation out of all 381 metros, that puts it in the top 8% largest metros in the nation.

The city itself has 800,000 people, which is bigger than Boston.
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Mid-year 2014 estimates place Columbus' municipal population at over 835,000 - 15th largest nationally. While I think metropolitan populations are more relevant, it's certainly significant on that basis as well.

On the topic of job searching, here's the latest unemployment rates across the nation as of October 2015 - Unemployment Rates for Metropolitan Areas . For what it's worth Columbus looks a lot better at 3.6% than my location of Atlanta at 5.4%, or the national average at 4.8%. Just one small data point, but it does suggest there may not be a massive amount of competition for the openings that come up locally - unless people already employed are looking for other opportunities.
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Old 12-12-2015, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Out of all the places I have been applying to jobs, the unemployment rates are as follows:

Columbus 3.6
Hartford 4.8
New York 4.6
Chicago 5.1
Philadelphia 4.9
Washington 4.3
Rochester 4.5

As you can see, Columbus is the best. Chicago is the worst. But all of the others are still decent. In general though, I take unemployment rates with a grain of salt.

Now, one other thing I forgot to mention is that the company I interviewed with this week told me that I was their 2nd person they interviewed for the job. Do you think they will want to interview anymore people? How many candidates do companies usually interview for a position? I was surprised that I didn't get an offer yesterday. Also, the HR lady told me that she was going to call me yesterday to talk about benefits, and she never called.
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Old 12-12-2015, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Now, one other thing I forgot to mention is that the company I interviewed with this week told me that I was their 2nd person they interviewed for the job. Do you think they will want to interview anymore people? How many candidates do companies usually interview for a position? I was surprised that I didn't get an offer yesterday. Also, the HR lady told me that she was going to call me yesterday to talk about benefits, and she never called.
I have seen most companies interview 3-8 people for positions. The number varies for a number of reasons, but generally the number is based on the quality of the candidate pool. If there is a cluster of people with comparable experience, generally they will all be interviewed.

If I had enough quality applicants, I would definitely want to interview more than two people for a tax accountant position.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I have seen most companies interview 3-8 people for positions. The number varies for a number of reasons, but generally the number is based on the quality of the candidate pool. If there is a cluster of people with comparable experience, generally they will all be interviewed.

If I had enough quality applicants, I would definitely want to interview more than two people for a tax accountant position.
That what I figured. Two candidates for interview is simply not enough, and I don't blame them. I would think a company would want to interview at LEAST three candidates, bare minimum, before making an offer.

As an aside, I've been asking people about this company to various people in the Columbus area, such as my hairdresser lady, neighbor and friends. All of them said it's a good company to work for and people view it favorably. So that's a good thing. Work life balance is good too, with 40 hour weeks being the norm.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:34 PM
 
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Out of all the places I have been applying to jobs, the unemployment rates are as follows:

Columbus 3.6
Hartford 4.8
New York 4.6
Chicago 5.1
Philadelphia 4.9
Washington 4.3
Rochester 4.5

As you can see, Columbus is the best. Chicago is the worst. But all of the others are still decent. In general though, I take unemployment rates with a grain of salt.

Now, one other thing I forgot to mention is that the company I interviewed with this week told me that I was their 2nd person they interviewed for the job. Do you think they will want to interview anymore people? How many candidates do companies usually interview for a position? I was surprised that I didn't get an offer yesterday. Also, the HR lady told me that she was going to call me yesterday to talk about benefits, and she never called.
Most likely a half dozen would be their goal, at minimum.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Most likely a half dozen would be their goal, at minimum.
For real?

Oh well. At least my recruiter has another opportunity up his sleeve for me, here in Cbus.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:45 PM
 
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For real?

Oh well. At least my recruiter has another opportunity up his sleeve for me, here in Cbus.
If possible, certainly. My last 3 corps almost never fell below 5, and we often interviewed 8 or 9.

Most times, we had a final round for 2 or 3.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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If possible, certainly. My last 3 corps almost never fell below 5, and we often interviewed 8 or 9.

Most times, we had a final round for 2 or 3.
Geez. Then I can pretty much forget about it.
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