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Old 05-29-2010, 10:55 AM
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I'm in this situation RIGHT NOW. I've had two interviews for a position, and after my second one they said they wanted me to meet the person I'd be directly working under. The HR manager didn't call it an interview, just to 'meet who you'd be working with'. I was also shown around the place, but that could have been a standard thing for all the short-listed candidates. I have no idea where I stand right now, and I'm afraid to ask.

Thing is, I JUST got a job offer yesterday from another company, but the job benefits and pay is like 60% less. Between the two, I'm 1000% more interested in the one described above, not only in terms of pay but also it's a position of responsibility and the growth prospects are FAR greater. The job offer I got is a pretty meh job, with not much flexibility. But they want me to start next Wednesday, and my 'meeting' for the better job is Thursday. The 'meh' job( for lack of a better term) wants an answer by Monday.

So my dilemma is obvious. Should I contact the first job and inquire about my status? Should I tell them that I have another job offer, but I am infinitely more interested in what THEY'RE offering? I actually don't recall ever being in this position before. I'd hate to blow off the job I have an offer for, for another job which is much better but hasn't exactly said where I stand after 2 interviews and an upcoming meeting with my immediate line manager. What to do, what to do....


No do what I did last year, prepare to start the job that is not your number choice and if something changes just leave that job and start the one you wanted all along.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:59 AM
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Thank you for your response.

Honestly, I don't really know what this meeting is, other than at the end of my 2nd interview, the HR manager told me they'd like me to meet and speak with the individual I'd be working under. Essentially I'd be an understudy and assistant for a period of years until that person retired, at which point it is assumed I would take over their position.

The problem is I'm not sure where I stand. Does meeting my prospective immediate boss mean the job is unofficially mine, or is this 'meeting' taking place with other candidates? Am I the only person to have this '3rd' meeting/interview? Impossible to know at this point.

I was considering what you recommend. Which is, to politely inform my 'preferred' company that I have a job offer, but that my 100% preference is to work for them. Perhaps I should say "I have a job offer from another company, but would prefer to work for your organization. I am just inquiring as to my status as this point." or words to that effect, buttered up with a cherry on top. I understand about crossing the line between being an outright nuisance and expressing interest, but certainly companies must know that people are applying to a myriad of jobs, and that it's not unreasonable for one to know where they stand, particularly after 2 interviews and a 3rd meeting scheduled.

My fear is eliminating myself from the equation by inquiring. I don't want to put any 'pressure' on the company, but worst case scenario is the company that offered me a job moves on, and the preferred company doesn't hire me in the end. Then I'm screwed both ways. I don't want to take the 'meh' job, and then leave in a matter of weeks if something better comes along. And rest assured, the company isn't really offering much, and I would be constantly looking for something else.

I just applied to some jobs yesterday as a backup in any event.


I would follow up on the job you want by email while I accept the other offer and look for other jobs.
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:25 AM
 
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Just following up this thread, to say I GOT THE POSITION I WANTED!! Formal offer letter is on the way, and I'm due I believe to start in 3 weeks!! Very excited!!!
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:56 AM
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My advice to anyone who is currently going on interviews.


Be thankful for the opportunity to get to interview whether it's 2 or 3 interviews but try and keep it on the hush because you don't want to get too excited about interviews. I think it's better to go on 2 or 3 interviews and post once you get the job instead of saying you have another interview next week. I didn't want to do that when I had 3 interviews because I didn't want to set myself up for disappointment so It was better that no one knew I was going on interviews.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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Just following up this thread, to say I GOT THE POSITION I WANTED!! Formal offer letter is on the way, and I'm due I believe to start in 3 weeks!! Very excited!!!
Congratulations!
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:22 AM
 
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Congratulations!
Thank you very much!!
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:04 AM
 
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just following up this thread, to say i got the position i wanted!! Formal offer letter is on the way, and i'm due i believe to start in 3 weeks!! Very excited!!!
congrats!
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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Just following up this thread, to say I GOT THE POSITION I WANTED!! Formal offer letter is on the way, and I'm due I believe to start in 3 weeks!! Very excited!!!
Yeah!!!! Congratulations. Enjoy your new job!
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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Many thanks to all!
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Congrats! Always great to hear about someone getting a job they really want and are genuinely excited about!
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