I hate the wait!

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Registered: 07-08-2011
I hate the wait!
Fri, 06-28-2013 - 3:15pm

I'm not the one looking for a job, but my husband had an interview this week.  He needs a job with much better pay and benefits, and this one would be an awesome match.  It's taken several weeks just to get through the interview process, and he still won't hear anything for another couple of weeks.  Do you think it's rude for a company to take this long in making a decision?  People do have to go on living, and I would think they would lose candidates.  I just want to know already, so we can plan and he can continue to send out resumes and such. 


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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 9:39am

That would be very frustrating, I hope you hear something soon!  They must not need to fill the position as quickly as most companies, maybe they want to take their time to make sure they get a good fit?  Good luck, let us know how it turns out. 

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Registered: 01-03-2004
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 8:26pm

Tell your husband not to wait on anybody. Keep applying and interviewing. I'm so glad I did! Time spent waiting around for an offer is wasted time and opportunity. Here's why:

There's many reasons a company takes forever to make a decision about a new hire and in some cases it's a clue as to how they operate.

Case in point: I once interviewed for a position with a large not-for-profit and made it all the way to the final HR screening test and was told by the hiring manager "you're hired" just wait for the call. Then, nothing. Complete silence.  Weeks turned into months. I found another full-time job in my field, and I kid you not: I get a phone call the 2nd day of this new full-time job from this previous employer I had interviewed with months before. I didn't bite and another 4 MONTHS went by before they called yet again. I said I wouldn't give notice without a written offer and a firm start date. What I learned after I took the job was this: the vp in charge of the department would give the go ahead to pursue a project or a hire, everyone would work really hard to meet the deadline, and at the last minute he'd say "wait!" I think we should rethink this or not do this or save the money and do it later." It was like going full speed in a car and hitting the brakes right before the finish line! He did that with every project! 

My most recent experience? I almost missed out on my dream job because of how the job description was worded. It contained all kinds of 'experience' I didn't have, but I sent a resume any way. After I get hired, I found out the CEO really wanted a specific person so HR tailored the job description precisely to that person's qualifications in a bid to get them apply. Problem: the person they wanted didn't want them! Of course, it wasn't fair to anyone else who might have been interested, and worst of all, the "qualifications" they listed in that tailored ad have nothing to do with the actual job!

Other reasons for delayed hiring might be:

- HR is building a job description or salary range by soliciting resumes for a position they are THINKING about creating or may have to fill in 6 months. (It's cheaper than hiring a recruiting firm.)

- HR doesn't know what qualifications the position requires and they post the position to get a look are resumes to build a job description. (Too lazy to research the industry and talk to people who know what's needed.).

- HR needs to present information to the higher ups or board of directors on "hiring trends" and posts several positions they have no intention of filling to gather intelligence. (Cheaper than hiring a data mining company.)

-HR has all ready identified an internal candidate but must post the job and may even conduct interviews to appear adhere to federal EEOC laws. The internal hire gets the job and then they look through the resumes they got to see if anyone is qualified to fill the empty position. Hint:  people in the resume pile are deemed "over qualified" for the vacated position. After all, they applied for a the position filled internally.

- The company won't pay a higher salary to a better qualified person so they hold out hoping another candidate equally qualified will take the job.

It's really crazy how jobs are filled, or not.