Posted by Brian McCullough
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Last week, a question from reader Iris prompted me to give some rules of thumb about how and how long to wait/follow up after an interview. She sent another email this morning:
Thanks for the advice last time. As you said I waited for two weeks then emailed the company regarding getting feedback from the second interview.
However the reply I got was something along the lines of:
During the recruitment process they have looked at the department and the way it is structured as a whole moving forwards. Sorry that they have not informed me yet with regards to an answer on the role, but they are still considering their options. They will let me know of any progress asap. And they thank me for my patience and enthusiasm…
What exactly does this imply? I don’t know much about the recruitment process, but is it not usual to look at the structure first and then decide whether they need another person or not? How long am I supposed to wait now?
Brian answers after the break:
I don’t know if my euphemism dictionary is up to date, but it sounds like they might not be hiring for that position anymore.
In fact, it sounds to me (see if the folks in the comments agree) like they might have gotten cold feet because of the slowing economy. They might have been thinking of hiring a few months ago, but now have thought better of it.
Why they’re still stringing you along is beyond me.
I might be wrong, but I think I’m not. And it’s been PLENTY of time now. It might be time to write this one off and move on to other opportunities.