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Job Search, What Would You Do?  
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1417 times:

I went to a job interview a week and a half ago. Spent a bit over two hours in the interview with the company owner, and one of the employees I'd be working closely with and we all totally hit it off. I knew that if things were going well, I'd be talking to a 3rd employee (which I did, and hit it off with them as well) and probably getting a go this week after the owner was out of town for last week. The company is small, but growing, this could be big and exciting. So after a week of blantantly sitting on my butt (even though I got an offer that was laughable) I called the owner this morning and they said that they hadn't talked to the 3rd employee and all of a sudden they are considering yet more candidates. I know they didn't lie about not talking to the other employee. Part of me wants to call tomorrow and try to convince them to go with me, but part of me wants to just go on looking for other jobs and tell them I'm no longer interested (even though I won't have a job) when they do come to their senses. Besides keeping on and looking for a job now matter what (which I am doing) what should I do about this employer who obviously is draging their feet even though it's obvious I'm a great candidate?

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21526 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1411 times:

If you think you'd be happy there (which it sounds like you do), I'd pursue it. If not, let it go and keep looking.

-Mir



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User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1330 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

When I graduated from college I had a very similar experience. It took them almost 3 weeks to finally make me an offer, but it seemed like an eternity for me at the time! I'm glad I pursued it as I ended up working there for 3 years, quitting only because I was joining the Air Force. It was a small company (fewer than 40 ppl) but I knew I was the right person for the job, and they knew it as well. If it's meant to happen, the job will be yours.

If you do get it, congratulations! If not, best of luck in your job hunt!

Cheers

Charles


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
Besides keeping on and looking for a job now matter what (which I am doing) what should I do about this employer who obviously is draging their feet even though it's obvious I'm a great candidate?

If they're unable to make a decision by now and keep you strung out just in the hiring process, consider what will happen when it comes time for a raise! Move on without regrets. If they happen to come back to you in the meantime, great, but at least you know what you're getting yourself into if you choose to accept their offer.



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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1387 times:

id say hang on if you think you would really like the place.. pursue but dont pester them.. Maybe they thought they were jumping into you a bit too quickly.

Its not like you have any other offers pending.


User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3738 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
what should I do about this employer who obviously is draging their feet even though it's obvious I'm a great candidate?

Although you're in the right set of mind for a job search, why don't you try modesty? No one likes a show off.

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
Part of me wants to call tomorrow and try to convince them to go with me

If you know what to say to convince them without sounding arrogant or pushy, that might work. They usually like someone who fights for it, it shows motivation.



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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
what should I do about this employer who obviously is draging their feet even though it's obvious I'm a great candidate?

Let them drag a little longer, but don't stop lookiing in the meantime. You mentioned this is a small company, but growing, and that it could be big and exciting. Sounds like you like them, and would be a good fit in their program. They could be having some "growing pains" and re-thinking a new hire due to obvious extra cost. I say give them a little more time to make sure they are ready for you.


User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Thread starter):
I went to a job interview a week and a half ago.

Mmmmm, not THAT much time has passed. I wouldn't read anything into it at this point.

1) It's a small office and that means everyone has a huge workload. It's quite possible they have just been too busy to focus on it in the past couple of days (and maybe a big project has come up that has them stretched thin.) This job is obviously top of mind for you because it's personal, but it's not as top of mind for them.

2) As for the "interviewing at other candidates" thing, this could mean nothing more than agreeing to interview people who have been referred to them by clients/associates out of courtesy -- or them feeling like they have to go through the motions of a protacted search for HR/legal reasons.

My advice: Continue pursuing other jobs, but don't have a chip on your shoulder about this incident. It's likely they are still planning on making you an offer.

The best consulting engagement I ever got -- which I still have today -- was 3 years ago and it took them about 3 weeks from the time of interview to make me the offer.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Thanks for the advice all, I really appreciate it. I'm going to lay low and see what else comes around.

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