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Old 07-20-2011, 03:45 AM
 
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Hi all. Two weeks ago I submitted a job application very late on a Tuesday night. It was an online app so it included every bit of info they might need - resume, cover letter, references, everything. The very next afternoon at about 12 noon I got a call asking for me to come in for an interview and it sounded like they were really interested.

I came in for the interview about a week from that day, on Wednesday. Everything went really well (from my perspective at least) and they told me they were looking to hire someone soon, and would be making a decision in a week or two. They called the first of my references a few hours after I left the interview, then the next day they called my 2nd reference. I sent a thank you email right after the interview to every single one of the interviewers (there were 6 of them). I don't know if they were able to reach my 3rd reference or not, since he is a university employee who only comes in occasionally during the summer.

This job is also a university position (as a website manager) for a small private school in Seattle. I'm scared now and SO stressed out because it's been just about a week since the interview and no word from them (this concerns me since they said they were looking to hire someone soon). I had been soo confident about my possibilities about getting the job considering how quickly they responded to me with everything else and how well I felt I had done during the interview. The reference checks gave me even more hope, but now I'm reading about people getting job offers during their interviews or a couple days after... but of course there are those who didn't receive responses until weeks later. Either way, I REALLY REALLY want this job, what do you think my chances are?? I'm definitely going to be sending a 'follow up' email tomorrow afternoon if I don't hear back... but jeez this process is SO stressful! I've been pulling my hair out for the last couple days. I know I should just move on with the next set of job apps and interviews, but it's been hard since I'm finishing up my last (summer) classes and don't have a lot of time to send out more apps for another couple weeks.

Any input, thoughts, or suggestions would be appreciated! I know there's no real answer until I get a response from the employer themselves, but I just wanted to hear what your thoughts might be based on your own experiences! This is my first time job-hunting as I'm a soon to be college grad!

Thanks again.


**Ugh, title should say 'and' not 'an' -- stupid typo! Sorry guys.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:50 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Well, it's only been a week and I think you're getting nervous a little too soon although I can certainly understand why. I'd wait a couple more days before following up. The hiring process even in small private institutions is more often than not contingent upon a slew of paperwork being completed and signatures obtained, Take a deep breath - and good luck!
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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It doesn't mean anything. At my current company, a resume/cover letter/references is seen by five different people at five different levels of the company before a decision is made. Supposing one of those five people is busy and another is on vacation...it can potentially take a long time to get back to people.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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^^^^

I work for a university and just because the dept wants to hire someone soon doesn't mean that it is going to happen. Assuming we wanted to hire you, your application may sit at HR/EEOC for a week waitng for someone to sign off on it. It may then sit for another week on the desk of the VP of the division waiting for them to sign off on it.... As stated above, if someone is on vacation for two weeks, it sits on their desk for two weeks, then it will go into the que and sit for another week.

Universities generally don't move that fast.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Mission Hills, San Diego
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Yes universities can be very slow I would not be worried at all about the amount of time that as passed. While the person who interviewed you may be eager to fill the position, the other people involved are in no hurry. In the summer things get very laid back in higher ed. What I am interested in knowing is...if an employer is checking references (and spending 15 + minutes on the phone with them), and verifying salary history does this mean the candidate is pretty much the chosen one, or so they do that for top 3 or what not....trying not to steal the thread

Any way good luck!
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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I think the OP's question has been answered. To answer your question, we will do that with the top three to five candidates for the position. For us, it means that you have made it past another cut, but it does not mean that the position is yours.
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