After the Job Interview: Why Haven’t They Called Me Yet?

Dear Work Coach,

I just found your blog and absolutely love it! You have a lot of great information and advice on your site. I have a question for you I am sure you get all of the time but I’m at a loss on what to do at this point.

I had an interview last Tuesday (18th) that I thought went really well. It lasted an hour and a half (someone had to knock on the hiring manager’s door to stop the interview for her next appointment). I really like the hiring manager and she seemed to like me. She said she was down to 5 candidates that she wanted to have interviewed by the end of last week. She said she has been doing this a long time and I am definitely on the top of her list. The only concern she had was that I might be overqualified for the position but she wasn’t sure. She mentioned that could be to her advantage as I would be able to help her execute some strategic programs she wants to implement. She said she wanted to have me come back next week (which is this week) for 30 – 45 minutes to get a feel for the position, kind of a “day in the life of” this management position. She also said that the next step after that would to bring the top 2 candidates back for an interview with her team.

I followed up with an email thank you letter the next day, reiterating my enthusiasm for the position and why I think it would be challenging given the region and the change in industry.

I never heard back from her, no response to my emails. Late Monday afternoon I left her a message on her voice mail. I wasn’t pushy, just said that I wanted to follow-up with her to discuss setting up a time to come back (like we discussed). That was 2 days ago and I still haven’t heard anything. It seems really odd to me. Do you have any thoughts or advice?

Thanks,
Anne

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Hi Anne!

Thanks for the kind words. And even though I get lots of question about interviews, each one has its own interesting twist. Like yours.

It really does sound like you have done everything well. Great interview. Good follow up. Able to field the “too qualified” comment with a good comeback. Although I wish I had a way of figuring out what they are thinking, truth is…it could be lots of things. Maybe she or someone else critical to the process is sick. Maybe an emergency came up. Maybe they haven’t been able to finish the five interviews yet. Maybe they found someone they made an offer to despite what was said – if a perfect fit walked in the door after she met with you, it just could have changed their plans. Maybe they just can’t get past all your experience despite how well you handled your answer – niggling doubts sometimes grow when fed by the input of others. But maybe it is as simple as they just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

It’s only been a week and time feels very different on the employer end. (It’s like dog years!)  I like that you are an action person looking to help yourself, but at this point you really have done all you can and now it’s time to just wait. I know it’s hard – and I’m sorry about that. Do what you can to keep busy with other things. If it’s the right job, you will get it. If not, then you might very well have lucked out for reasons you will never know!

I wish you much luck, Anne. Please let us know what happens.

Ronnie Ann

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About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.

Comments

  1. Hello,
    Well I didnt get that last job, but I did continue to apply. So I had an interview yesterday, at 11. I got there early and they met me at 10:45, by the time we were done it was 12. They wanted me to meet with two other people but they had meetings. Pay was discussed and I mentioned that Im currently making x amount. The Director said hmm I dunno I think they only wanted to pay b amount. – Which mind you is way less than what I do make. Now in the amount I said I made I did bump it up a little. The director then said he would need to meet with the head and see if they would be able to meet me at where my “current” rate is. I told him I would accept if it was a thousand more than what I told him I make. so with that being said. They called me back for a second interview. I was actually in the process of typing my thank you letter, but didnt send it. Since they already scheduled me. On top of that they also scheduled the interview taking into consideration that I am doing an event at work, and based it me being free after that. My question is would they be wasting my time if they are not prepared to give me the pay I asked? And my 2nd interview is actually with the Director who would be my boss that I met yesterday and two other people.

    • Reina,

      In general, I would advise you — and anyone else — to NEVER ever go into detail on a salary request or offer while you are in the interviewing process. Also, do not misrepresent what you are currently making: many companies do verify current salaries and misrepresentation on that can cost you a job offer. If employers feel like you are playing games with them, they will stop considering you.

      Send the thank you letter anyway. They wouldn’t invite you in for a second interview if they weren’t considering making a formal offer to you. Any hiring decision is based in part on a feeling of how well you would work with a team — show that you can be a team player during the process and you’ll have more room to negotiate when an offer is made.

      Good luck and all the best,
      Chandlee

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    but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.

    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  3. Dear Work Coach

    I went for an interview on the 03September 12 on the 08 October got a call to go for medical fitness which i did, a week after i was asked to send my latest salary advice and dependent on my medical, i have done that. It is six weeks now waiting should i call or wait longer. If i should call what should i say without sounding desperate.

    Peter.

    • Hi Peter,

      I think you can certainly follow-up with an e-mail or phone call at this juncture and ask for an update. Let them know you remain interested in the position. If you can, call — and don’t leave a message — find a live person who is familiar with the search to update you.

      Good luck and all the best,
      Chandlee

  4. Hey Chandlee,

    Few months back, I shared my interview experience with you and the advise I got from you was really really helpful. My performance in some of the interviews have been very good and very much self-satisfying. Last week, I was interviewed by a project manager of a technology based company and I performed very well in the interview, answering almost 80% of the questions correctly, and arriving closer to the right answers of those which found tricky.

    My 1st round interview consiting of Aptitude and coding skills was conducted online. I took the test at home as the HR executive is a friend of mine and the HR executive stood right next to me throughout, and I had to follow some of the procedures such as not opening other browers etc. strictly. I also have earned good scores on the GRE, so aptitude section was a piece of cake. In all other sections, my performance was above average, say, 70th percentile. Hence, I was called for a face to face interview at the company’s campus. As previously mentioned, I performed exceedingly well in the f2f interview but at the end of the interview, the interviewer asked me whether I took the test at home or office campus. I informed him that I took the test from home but the HR executive was sitting next to me and there were no such malpractices whatsoever from my side. I don’t know whether he is convinced with my reply, though. Also, I politely mentioned that had I cheated, it would have been impossible to answer some of the questions asked during the f2f interview. He smiled and told me that they would contact me in about a week. My HR friend says he hasn’t received any feedback from interviewer yet. I’m concerned.

  5. Hey Chandlee,

    Few months back, I shared my interview experience with you and the advise I got from you was really really helpful. My performance in some of the interviews have been very good and very much self-satisfying. Last week, I was interviewed by a project manager of a technology based company and I performed very well in the interview, answering almost 80% of the questions correctly, and arriving closer to the right answers of those which I found tricky.

    My 1st round interview consisting of Aptitude and coding skills was conducted online. I took the test at home as the HR executive is a friend of mine and the HR executive stood right next to me throughout, and I had to follow some of the procedures such as not opening other browers etc. strictly. I also have earned good scores on the GRE, so aptitude section was a piece of cake. In all other sections, my performance was above average, say, 70th percentile. Hence, I was called for a face to face interview at the company’s campus. As previously mentioned, I performed exceedingly well in the f2f interview but at the end of the interview, the interviewer asked me whether I took the test at home or office campus. I informed him that I took the test from home but the HR executive was sitting next to me and there were no such malpractices whatsoever from my side. I don’t know whether he is convinced with my reply, though. Also, I politely mentioned that had I cheated, it would have been impossible to answer some of the questions asked during the f2f interview. He smiled and told me that they would contact me in about a week. My HR friend says he hasn’t received any feedback from interviewer yet. I’m concerned.

    • That’s a tough one. If you haven’t heard back from them by mid-week, follow up with the last fellow who interviewed you and offer to provide any additional information — or to take another assessment if they would like.

      Let them know you remain interested in the position.

      Good luck and all the best,
      Chandlee

  6. I have a complicated issue, I think. I have NEVER been ignored by a prospective employer but I will explain.

    I work in the legal field and an old high school friend I found on Facebook, who is a law partner in a different city close to where I live, contacted me after a post of mine saying I wasn’t happy where I live. Well, he private messages me and asked me if I would like a job in his town. I responded by giving him my cell number and he called me about an hour later. We talked about a possible position he was creating so he could take on more work. He asked me to meet with him while he was in town to discuss it further which we did about a week later. He told me during the meeting or interview or whatever it was that I must move to his town or else he wasn’t interested because commuting usually doesn’t work out. That kind of struck me weird but I went along with it because I would love to move to his town because it’s a better community than the one I live in now. After that meeting I left with a positive attitude and it felt good to be in demand. After the meeting I sent him a private message through FB to thank him for meeting me & thinking of me for the job. After that I didn’t hear from him so I placed a follow up phone call and he called me back and reassured me he was still interested but had a trial coming up & had to talk it over with the head partner. After another few weeks passed I placed another phone call and he called me back only to tell me he was still interested but needed to talk to the head partner and he was out of the country and promised to call the following week. He also asked me to send him my resume’ and then he told me not to send it to the receptinist but directly to him because he didn’t want the other office staff to know he was considering hiring someone and creating another job. i emailed him my resume’ like he asked within minutes. I didn’t hear from him that week and became really busy with community projects so a few more weeks passed and he called out of the blue and asked me if he could meet with me so I drove to his town and he interviewed me again. It was the most brutal interview because I felt like I was on the witness stand. LOL I thought the interview went well though because I nailed the answers to his questions about law and he even gave me a facial expression as if he was impressed. He then offered me xx amount to come work for him which wasn’t much more than I make but better benefits but not enough to convince me to go through the trouble of moving especially since I am about to get a raise at my current job ( plus I have been at my current job for 10 years so I’ve been treated well). After that question I didn’t really respond other than saying well… He then told me he would call me Monday or Tuesday the following week with a “good offer”. I sent him a thank you email when I got home. He didn’t introduce me to anyone else in the office, in fact, didn’t want them to know why I was there to see him, which struck me weird but perhaps he didn’t break the news of the possibility of a new hire from another town yet.

    It has been 5 WEEKS and i have called him and left him a voice mail message to let him know I was still interested with no reply. Two weeks later I sent him a private message just to kind of remind him I am still on planet earth saying something I forgot to tell him during the interview. I know he read the message but never replied. I sent him an email today because I have a new cell number just to remind him once again I waiting and still interested. He has even called a former attorney at the firm i work for to check up on me and that attorney told him he would be crazy not to hire me. Am I not being pushy enough or should I be more pushy or just give up completely since he seems to be ignoring me? The job is perfect for me. It is in the legal field I prefer and the job requirements suit me perfectly. Did I really mess up an opportunity or is it a sign that the job is not mine like I had hoped? Sorry for this being so long but you have to know the whole story to understand what of predicament I am in. If he has changed his mind then why the heck did he seek me out for the job? Whew, if anything I feel better getting it off my chest.

    • Hi Tami,

      Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for employers to not call back when they say they will.

      That said, it sounds like you are feeling disrespected and/or not followed up with properly by this old friend/potential employer. Pay attention to these feelings…If the position is offered, make sure it is with the knowledge of other partners and firm employees. If I were you, I would not quit my current position or move to another town — until you are comfortable that the move is the right one for you.

      Good luck and all the best,
      Chandlee

  7. Hi,

    I have been reading your blog and have gotten a lot of great tips so I am hoping you can give me some advice about my situation.

    I interviewed for a position about two weeks ago. It went really well and I could tell that they liked me. They were hiring one position because of a shuffle in the office and said they had a few more interviews that day and then they would let me know. I heard back from them later that day and the hiring manager informed me that I was one of their top two candidates and they wanted me to come back in for a second interview the following week.

    When I came in for an interview the manager stated that another position had opened up due to a staff member leaving. He said that they really liked me and I would likely be hired. He asked if I was still available to start December 1st, which I am. He asked me to describe my previous experience to a supervisor who was there as well. I may have rambled a bit because my first interview was so informal I wanted to make sure I pointed out some of my strengths. Regardless, he stated that he had some logistics to figure out between the two positions and that he hoped to have everything finalized by the 28th. He again said they thought I was a good fit and would confirm the position Friday.

    However, I did not hear from him Friday or as of yet. I am unsure as to whether or not I should call since he stated he would call Friday but gave his deadline as this Wednesday. Should I wait until that date passes to see whether I am still being considered or should I enquire now since I did not hear anything last Friday?

  8. Hi,

    I just stumbled on your blog, and it’s been a great read! I had an initial phone interview with a manager about 3 weeks ago, and then was moved into the next round of interviews – which were two Skype interviews, which were setup by the HR staffing manager. The two Skype interviews in my opinion went well, but they took place over two weeks ago and I haven’t heard anything back to date. Since most of my communication with the HR staffing manager has been via email, I decided to email her to see if I was still in consideration for the position a few days ago, and I still haven’t heard anything back from her. Is it too forward of me to also give her a call tomorrow? Or should I just leave my email as my last communication? I noticed the job is still posted online, and this is with a very large corporation (as an FYI).

    Thanks for your response!

    • Sharon,

      I don’t recommend following up with HR so quickly after you just did. The outreach is not likely to result in a job offer. If you want to follow up again, follow up via email directly with the individuals who you would be working with.

      Good luck and all the very best,
      Chandlee

  9. Vince Truong says:

    Hi.
    I had an interview on Tuesday. It went well and the hiring manager said he will get back to me on Thursday. I sent thank you letter and today is Friday but i still haven’t heard from him. I check the company’s website.They removed the that job from the career page.

    I believe he already hired someone and may not get back to me or they don’t want to post the job anymore because they have enough candidates.

    Please advice. Thank you.

    • Hi Vince,

      I would not rule out the position yet — often jobs are removed from websites after interviewing is finished.

      Good luck and all the very best,
      Chandlee

  10. Chandlee,

    Thank you for your blog, it helps to see that there are others having the same problems.

    I had multiple interviews for a position over a month ago. The position was to start January 1 of this year. After every interview, I confirmed when they expected to make a decision and confirmed if all candidates would be notified, either way. Last interview was with HR and I was assured that I would either receive a call or e-mail from the recruiter. Well, January 1 has come and gone. I did e-mail the recruiter to see if they had extended an offer for the position. You guessed it, no response. I would think a simple yes or no would be appropriate at this point.

    It helps to vent.

    Louise

    • Hi Louise,

      As much as it helps to vent, I wouldn’t assume they were able to close the deal before the holidays. Delays in making decisions when people are out of the office are common. That said, so are employers who don’t get back with candidates in a timely manner.

      Hang in there, know you are not alone and keep your job search up.

      Wishing you success in 2013,
      Chandlee

  11. Giancarlo says:

    Hi Chandlee,

    Your blog is very interesting to me and I hope you can give me an opinion on this.
    I had an interview on december 20 to work as a sales assistant in a very important brand flagship store. Think I did well and they said they would call me on Monday 24. Since I did not get any call I went to the store in person and asked whether the manager was there. She was in a meeting and I got referred by an employee that some of the managers are on holiday and they will call me in the beginning of January. Have not heard anything yet, should I give up? Or it could be normal an holidays delay in the hiring process?

  12. Giancarlo says:

    Hi Chandlee,

    Your blog is very interesting to me and I hope you can give me an opinion on this.
    I had an interview on december 20 to work as a sales assistant in a very important brand flagship store. Think I did well and they said they would call me on Monday 24. Since I did not get any call I went to the store in person and asked whether the manager was there. She was in a meeting and I got referred by an employee that some of the managers are on holiday and they will call me in the beginning of January. Have not heard anything yet, should I give up? Or it could be normal an holidays delay in the hiring process?

    Thank you

    • Giancarlo,

      Delays in hiring processes are common. While it’s possible that you did not get the offer, I don’t think there would be any harm in dressing your best, visiting again, and letting them know of your continued interest.

      All the Best,
      Chandlee

  13. Hi Work Coach Cafe,

    I had an interview some weeks back. The interview went really well, and I feel like everyone liked me a lot. After a week or so I received an update saying that some interviews were rescheduled and that I would be contacted at the end of the hiring process. Recently, I was in contact with them and they stated that the position requires some HR updates and that once ready, I will be directly contacted. What do you think about my situation?

    Thanks,

    Marcia

    • Marcia,

      Often, what happens behind closed doors in an interview process has nothing to do with you – and everything to do with what’s going on inside the company. It sounds like this may be what you are experiencing now. I recommend you sit tight and keep your eye out for other opportunities as well as you wait to hear back from them.

      All the best,
      Chandlee

  14. Hi Chandlee,

    I had a 2nd round interview scheduled for this week but my interviewer who is overseas did not call me. I called HR the next day to inform them and they said due to bad weather conditions my interviewer’s phone line was down. Anyways, they said they would call me within a few hours to reschedule but they never did. It’s been a day, should I call or email them to find out when I might hear about the rescheduled interview?

    Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hi Maria,

      If you haven’t heard back by Monday, give them a follow-up — perhaps by reaching out directly to your interviewer.

      Good luck and all the best,
      Chandlee

  15. Hi Coach. I love this site. So here’s my situation. On Friday the 11th I had a first interview. It went pretty well, I think it was a 7 out of 10. The interviewer was not the best as he was also new at his job, this was his 4th week with the company. So at the end of the interview be handed me his card and said ” use this and prove to me you really want the job”. Weird comment. So an hour after the interview I emailed a thank you email. He responded immediately with a ” thank you Dale ” response email. So taking bid advise, that Monday I sent him another email and a text. As he did encourage me to use his contact info. On Thursday I emailed him again and on Friday I called and got his voice mail. A person who answered the phone commented that the hiring manager has been out of the office with business related issues all week. The hireing manager did say he had other interviews but I was one of the top 3 candidates. My question is did I contact him to much?. He has only responded to my first thank you email. I just really want this job as its perfect for me. Thanks for any I sight you can offer.

    • Hi Dale,

      I recommend that you sit tight and wait to hear from them. If you feel the need to follow up again, do so by applying for another job. It’s always good to have as many potential career options as possible.

      Sounds like you know where you stand now — and you’ve followed up enough to let them know. So you’re in a good place to wait to hear back, see what comes next — and explore all of your options.

      Good luck,
      Chandlee

  16. Chandlee,

    Hello Chandlee, I hope you are doing well in the New Year. I had contacted you at the beginning of January as I anxiously awaited word on a position. Around the middle of January, I did contact the recruiter, expressed my continued interest, and asked if the position had been filled. She replied it had not, but did not elaborate beyond that point.

    You told me to keep up my job search and I am glad I did. It turns out the company went through a bit of a reorganization. How I found that information out was by seeing a lower grade job posting up on the company’s website, which disappeared rather quickly. I saw a similar listing in the same city, posted by a temporary agency. I applied for the temporary job and the agency contacted me. I asked if this was the “company” and the agency confirmed that it was. It seems that they had reorganized some positions and spread duties to positions throughout the organization. Therefore, the position I applied for disappeared, but I would have never known.

  17. Hi Chandlee,

    I recently applied for the perfect job and was shortlisted for a interview. Unfortunately, I was out of the country and had to be interviewed on the phone. Although I could answer their questions, I couldn’t get an idea of how well it went as I could not see their body language or reactions to what I was saying. The interview was last Friday morning and I have sent them a thank you letter. Although it is only a few days, especially if we exclude the weekend where no selection process could have happened, they said they would get back to me early this week. My questions are:
    - how long should I wait to follow-up ?
    - isn’t the wait about them actually waiting for the successful candidate to accept the offer before they contact the other unsuccessful candidates? I know it is common practice in some companies to not contact the other candidates until the successful one has accepted the offer, in case this candidate reject the offer. They would then have other options available to them without having to re-advertise the job…
    Thank you

    • Hi Jerome,

      SO MANY things are going on that could have absolutely NOTHING to do with you that I wouldn’t take any of this personally, OR assume that someone else has gotten the job offer.

      You’ve done the appropriate things (the thank you’s), now you need to practice patience. Since the interview was last Friday, wait until next week to get back in touch with them (Monday is OK, Tuesday is better since Monday is usually a crazy day in most offices). Waiting “too long” doesn’t usually hurt a job seeker. Being “too aggressive” by contacting them too soon or too often can hurt a job seeker. So don’t contact them this week, unless being aggressive with other employees is a requirement of the job.

      I don’t know where you were in the interviewing scheduling – first interviewed, last interviewed, or somewhere in between – but I doubt that they have made an offer to someone else and are waiting for an acceptance. Things very rarely move that quickly (from interview to offer).

      Don’t give up on this opportunity, but keep looking for others while this one is in limbo.

      Good luck!
      Susan

  18. I was e mailed by an employer to ask me if I was interested in interviewing for a position at their company. I had sent my resume to them on Hcareers months before and forgotton all about it. I assume they had me “On File”

    Anyways, I had 3 telephone interviews and then was invited to come visit them for a formal interview. i paid my own airline ticket ($625) and went for the interview. I was pleased with the interview and returned home.

    I had submitted my airline receipt for reimbursement and the manager said it would take a couple of days to process. No problem.

    The interview was on January 2nd and today is February 7th and I have still not recieved the check! I sent 3 e mails and a voicemail message and there was no response for 10 days. Finally I get an e mail ion February 3rd apologizing that I had not recieved her e mails and she would have accounting look into it the next day???? It’s now the 7th and no further e mails to say it’s on the way and no check to date.

    i also politely asked if they had made a decision on the position but this was not addressed either. This is a very prestigeous organization and I am dumbfounded at their lack of action to both the reimbursement and not giving me the courtesy of a reply to the job status. I feel like e mailing their President and screw the job but to let him know(politely) the circumstances. Should i, or just forget about it and put it down to a bad experience?

    Are they morally bound to advise me if the position has been filled after an out of town interview. I felt that the interview went very well and am beginning to second guess myself!!!

    • Large organizations – even prestigious ones – do sometimes have long, convoluted administrative procedures to process payments, particularly ones that aren’t invoices, and making a “vendor” wait 30 days for payment isn’t unusual, sometimes even 60 or 90 days isn’t unusual, unfortunately. And that may be what is happening here. But, they aren’t making a good impression, and it is troubling that they don’t seem to be worried about that.

      I wouldn’t chalk it up to a bad experience yet. Perhaps it will work out well, once they get through their procedures. At least you should get the cost of your plane ticket refunded, eventually.

      Yes, I would think that they are morally bound to advise you about the position, but if it takes them this long to process a reimbursement, it probably takes MUCH longer to fill a job! There might be another round of interviews, and other steps (all taking days or week, potentially) to go through before making an offer to anyone.

      Don’t second guess yourself about the interview at this point, but do consider whether or not this would be a place you would be happy to work.

      Hope you get that check soon!

      Good luck!
      Susan

  19. Hi Work Coach

    I manger to have a second interview with the director, but it has been two week. I still didn’t receives any call from the HR department. Do you think i should send a email to the director, to check on the status?

    Thanks.

    Best Regard
    Vincent

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Vincent,

      If you haven’t sent a thank you to the director and to HR, I would do that now. In your message to HR, ask them for the status of the job and what the next steps are.

      If you have already sent your thank you’s, then it is appropriate for you to contact HR to see what is going on.

      Be polite, and remind them of the job title, the date of the interview with the director, and the director’s name (in case they have more than one).

      Good luck with your job search!
      Susan

  20. I had a great first interview for a preschool teaching position.I Wrote a nice thank you letter for the first interview and e-mailed it. Received a call for the second part of the hiring process to observe the preschool and infant class. Wrote a second thank you letter for the observation procor ess and emailed it. I was told it was going to be about two weeks and they will make a decission. I waited 16 days and called asking what the next step was for the teaching position and asking if a decission was made for that position. I was transfered to Assistant Director VM. I left a message. Its been about 3 days and no response. I e-mailed the Assistant Director about two days ago and no response. I looked at the website and the position is still open. Should I call back or just let it go?

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Lidia,

      It’s too soon to give up on this job. The process often takes MUCH longer than the employers expect it will take, so it’s not surprising that you haven’t heard from them.

      Get back in touch with the Assistant Director in another week via telephone, not email. Hopefully you will get a chance to talk with someone. If not, leave a professional voicemail message telling them the job you interviewed for, when you interviewed, who you interviewed with, plus your name and contact information. Reiterate your interest in the position and ask for the next steps in the process.

      Meanwhile, keep looking for other jobs as aggressively as you can. Don’t wait for “the decision” on this one. You may never know what happens, only that they didn’t make you an offer.

      Good luck with your job search!
      Susan

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