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Old 02-27-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Boston
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What would you do in this situation?

After an excellent interview on 2/10 he was told a decision would be made by 2/17. He sent a thank you note but heard nothing by 2/17. On 2/20 he sent an email and got an auto-response from the director (with whom he interviewed) saying she would be out of town until 3/1. He called on 2/21 and was told a decision would be made "shortly." Now it's 2/27 and still no word.

Should he make another call or wait it out until the 1st of March. It seems odd that they would say a decision would be made shortly if they were indeed waiting for the director to get back to make a decision. Would calling again be over the top?
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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Wait, you don't want to bug them and irritate them. Also comes off as desparate.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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No. 1 follow-up immediately after the interview and another one a week later is all you need to do.

After that, move on with your life.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Hmm, ok. I guess it just seems odd because they've said twice that a decision would be made soon and it's a small company with no HR department or anything like that where people fall through the cracks.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I wouldn't call again. Wait for them to respond.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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Hmm, ok. I guess it just seems odd because they've said twice that a decision would be made soon and it's a small company with no HR department or anything like that where people fall through the cracks.
It is not odd. Happens all the time. You have to remember hiring you is not their top priority at all. They have other jobs to do.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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Hmm, ok. I guess it just seems odd because they've said twice that a decision would be made soon and it's a small company with no HR department or anything like that where people fall through the cracks.

Your definition of "soon" and theirs are obviously two completely different timelines. If follow up was done right after the interview leave it at that and quit looking so desperate.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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Last year I told someone I'd let them know by a certain date. Then I got a call inviting me to meet with someone about a $30M contract 3000 miles from here. That took priority. A week after I got back I was settled enough to return to the hiring process. Anyone who doesn't get that I can't pay them without having work coming in so that needs to take priority isn't someone I want to hire anyhow.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the helpful info. I had never had anything like this happen in interviews I had went through but I guess it's fairly common. The good news, I guess, is that my partner actually has a job offer from another place but he really wanted to hold out on this one for a few more days because he really prefers this company.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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Thanks for the helpful info. I had never had anything like this happen in interviews I had went through but I guess it's fairly common. The good news, I guess, is that my partner actually has a job offer from another place but he really wanted to hold out on this one for a few more days because he really prefers this company.
If you have an offer on hand, there's no need to hold out. Just go to the new company. If this one hires you, you can quit the new one and go to this one. It happens all the time. It's called freedom.

In my 15+ years of hiring, this is not odd at all unless of course if you are Einstein or someone in the similar caliber, then the hiring manager would be pounding your phone non-stop.
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