What the Heck Goes On Behind the Scenes After a Job Interview?

You know the drill. You get the interview. You ace the interview. In fact, it was the best job interview you ever had! You head home dreaming of the offer for the new job you’re pretty sure you just landed. And then…you wait. And you wait. And you wait some more until you just want to scream! And then maybe you do scream. And rant a little. And even think of all the things you’d like to do to that stupid company you once thought was so perfect for you.

But before you decide the company is made up of former Guantanamo guards trained to torture you in some sick waiting game, take a deep breath and let me take you behind closed doors. It’s time you learn more about the mysterious steps of the interview hiring process – what goes on inside the secret rooms – and why you aren’t getting any feedback from the company even though you send e-mails and call them hoping for even the tiniest clue.

Hard as it is to believe, sometimes there are good reasons – really! – why a company’s interview hiring process steps take so long – and why all too often you have to wait forever (or so it seems) before you hear back from an employer after a job interview.

So what does go on behind the scenes after an interview?

I was recently asked to guest post on the Pongo Resume Blog, and decided this would be a great topic since I get sooooooooooo many e-mails and comments about how painful the waiting game can be. I once even wrote a post begging Human Resources people to be more considerate. But sadly, for many reasons, the torture continues and you’re still waiting.

I hope by telling you about what goes on behind the scenes after the interview, you might be able to relax just a little more knowing one week, two weeks, even three weeks or more of waiting can be perfectly normal.

Possible reasons you’re still waiting after the interview:

Here’s an excerpt from my guest post:

  • Sometimes HR controls all communication and that means people you write to are advised not to respond to individual candidates. Why? It could be a mandate from legal to prevent any miscommunication. (A poorly worded response from the company could be construed as an offer when none exists yet.) Or it could simply be HR wanting to call all the shots. It happens.
  • Someone critical to the process (aka SCTTP) may be sick or called away. Why not work around the person? They could, but sometimes the company prefers to wait for the sake of continuity — even if that means you wait too.
  • Our SCTTP may suddenly have been put on a top-priority project that’s taking all their time. Even if they said they want to hire quickly, the hiring process can get put on the back burner. I’ve seen this many times.
  • Our SCTTP has been fired or quit and must be replaced first.
  • The department is going through a reorganization — again.
  • The job is being rethought and possibly needs to wait for HR to approve a reclassification. Why? Sometimes they find a specific candidate (maybe you) whose skills are even more suited to their needs than their original concept. Or they find two people they like and decide to split the job into two different positions.
  • Hiring may require numerous people who did not interview you to sign off on various steps of the process. Meanwhile, you wait.
  • Sometimes it simply takes weeks to find room on everyone’s calendar for the next round of interviews.

So if you’re stuck in the waiting game, try not to get caught up worrying about things you can’t control…like all the stuff behind closed doors. Instead know you’ve done your best (that’s all anyone can do), make sure you’ve sent a great thank you note and, after a couple weeks have passed, follow up with a polite e-mail and/or phone call saying you’re still interested and would love to know your status. You might even ask if they need anything else from you.

Other than that, you just wait. As long as it takes. I once waited four months and I was their top candidate!

Meanwhile, do what you can to keep yourself busy and diverted so you aren’t obsessing about the wait. Also…keep looking! Not only does the action help you stay sane, but you may actually wind up finding an even better job in the process.

Good luck finding the right job for you.

Ronnie Ann

Some other posts you may find helpful

12 Ways to Stay Sane After a Job Interview

I Got the Post-Interview Temporary OCD Blues

How to Tell If a Job Interview Went Well

I Messed Up My Job Interview. What Can I Do?

To read my guest post on the Pongo Blog

Why the Post-Interview Waiting Game Takes So Damn Long!


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+.


  1. I am wondering about my situation..of course, it is for a job I am dying for!

    I had an initial phone interview, and it went well–the call ended with the corporate recruiter telling me that the branch manager would contact me by the end of the day. He did–to tell me he was going out of town for a week, but because they are looking to fill the position soon, he set me up for an interview with his assistant branch manager, to take place while he was out of town. That interview also went well, and I received a call the day after that interview inviting me in for a panel interview with the branch manager and regional vp–this was to be the last step before hiring. I attended that interview, and i think it went well, although the vp asked some very tricky questions and i’m not so sure i answered them exactly as he wanted…he was hard to read. if a company says numerous times they are looking to move quickly, should i assume i will get an answer this week? (panel was on monday) the vp mentioned that he wanted to check to see if the corpoarte recruiter had any other candidates for them to interviw–is this normal???

    • chandlee says:

      Hi Shelley,

      I’d make sure you send a nice thoughtful thank you if you haven’t done so already. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that you will get an offer but I’d also continue to look until you get a firm written offer.

      Stay patient and good luck,

  2. I went for a job interview on the 25th March they said after the interview they would get back to me within a week and said they might have to call people back for further interviewing as they might not be able to decide still… its been 3weeks now i called up the company and a lady said “they have not sent out them letters lett and i would get mine soon” . From my knowledge letters are bad and normally rejections letters and what you normally want is a phone call! However my mother said when she got her job she recieved a email!. I wanted to get others opinions on this..?

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Sophie,

      Hard to tell what’s in the letter. It might be bad news or it could be many other things. So, don’t assume that it will be bad new.

      But, also, don’t stop your job search waiting for the letter. Keep looking.

      Good luck with your job search!

  3. I interviewed for a position on the 15th of March, and was told I was going to the next round of interviews and they wanted to hire someone in the beginning to mid April. I was also told that the hiring recruiter would contact me at the end of the month. After much waiting, (April 12th) I received an email from the recruiter saying the team had decided to modify the job description, and were still screening candidates. She will contact be when she has a more definitive answer. I wanted to know if it is normal to modify a job description, and in doing so, do they have to re-list the job? I’m just starting to get antsy for this position. Thanks for your time.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi J.Eth,

      Modifying the description happens frequently, and typically, the new job will be re-posted to attract people who meet the new requirements of the job. See this post, After the Job Interview, What Is Taking SO Long? for some insight into what may be happening.

      I understand that “antsy” feeling, but the best thing for you to do is to continue you job search. You might find a better job for you is waiting for you to find it.

      Good luck with your job search!

  4. I had a phone interview for a job I really want by the HR. It was arranged after a long follow up process for an “on going hiring position”. It was on Apr 26th 2013, the HR said that she would get back by Wed, May 1st, 2013. But when she didn’t I sent her a follow up email, asking my status and reconfirming my interest in the position. The typical hiring process is one phone interview, followed by a F2F interview. I am very interested in this job which is a good fit for my education and career path. Should I call her or should I wait at least a week, until Fri?

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Ana,

      I’m with Emily (below) in recommending that you give them some time before you reach out again, at least a week. I’m sure they understand your interest in the job, so now is time for you to back off and give them some breathing room.

      They have a lot of schedules to juggle and administrative things to do to move on to the next step in the process, probably involving several people, coordinating schedules, etc. And I seriously doubt you are the only applicant they interviewed.

      So, back off and practice being patient for at least a week. Keep looking for other jobs.

      Good luck with your job search!

  5. Hmm… personally I would have waited to send that follow-up e-mail. Did you send it today, or yesterday? April 26 to May 1 is fairly quick turn-around time (5 days, including a weekend), and it seems that when you followed up, she’d only missed the deadline by less than a day. Considering today is May 2 and you just e-mailed, I would NOT call! Wait a week.

    I am in the middle of a hiring process and everything has taken longer than anticipated, but so far I have not gotten any bad news and everyone has eventually followed up. I submitted my resume to a major company, then 12 days later someone followed up to see if I was still interested (because an aspect of the job description had changed.) I responded that day to say that I was still interested… and then nothing. 10 days later, I got a call to set up a phone interview with the hiring manager. I set up the phone interview for 4 days after that. Then, it took another 10 days (longer than they had said…) to hear anything, even though the hiring manager had explicitly said she thought she would be asking me to fly in for a site interview. So 10 days later, I was invited for the site interview… which took place 10 days after THAT. It’s now been 16 days since the interview (multiple interviews and a presentation), and almost a week since I was supposed to hear something. I just sent an e-mail, and wondered if it was too SOON to follow-up, since the deadline was only 6 days ago. I am NOT going to follow-up with a phone call. If I don’t hear anything in another week, then I will follow-up.

    You can see from my story that so far the hiring process has taken just over two MONTHS. With luck I will have a job offer (or maybe a rejection…) within a few days.

    The thing that might concern me about your situation is the “ongoing hiring position” aspect. What does that mean? Is there a real job available?

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Emily,

      Thank you for sharing your experience and advice! Very helpful for everyone, I think.

      Hope after all this waiting that this job comes through for you!


  6. Hello Susan, Emily,

    Thank you for your feedback.
    I had applied for the position about a month ago through their website, and I had called on Fri, Apr 26th just to ask the status of that position, if they had shortlisted candidates, and I just wanted to make sure so that I could close my books. Then they said that “its one of their more popular position and they keep on hiring for that position all through the year”. When I said that I am interested they scheduled a “formal” phone interview with the HR. After a 20 min interview, the HR said that she would get to me by Wed, May 1st and that’s why I sent the follow up email on May 1st. I too had thought about the scheduling etc. and hoping that no news turns out to be a good news. So keeping my fingers crossed. Also, I do have an internal contact in the company, wonder if I should ask him to follow up internally? Although, he has no role in the hiring as he is from a completely different department.

  7. Hi, these are great follow-up questions and advice. I have a similar situation with a bad recruiter and wanted some advice.

    I applied for a government job (we’ll call it the XYZ Division) and received a phone call from the recruiter less then a week later. The recruiter represented himself as the hiring manager and said I was exactly what XYZ Division was looking for he. He scheduled a phone interview with me for a few days later. During that phone interview with the same recruiter, he told me I’d be perfect, what the salary was, and when I would start. He also told me that I couldn’t own any bank stocks and to be ready to sell them. He said interviews were during two days and he ended it with “I’m telling you that, because I want you to be available.” He also said that he was going to “cast a wide net to try to find other people to apply.” My only red flag was that he told me I was a lot older then the other people that would be in training and he wanted to know how I would handle working with younger people (there were three openings). He called back a week later and made a point of telling me I was the first one he called for formal interviews. He then called me a couple of days before the interviews and said the team was really excited to meet me.

    Everything went downhill after that. The interviews were 3 different groups and one was the recruiter by himself. The recruiter tore me apart and tried to stop my interview after 10 minutes instead of the 45 minutes I was told I would have. The recruiter started out with, “I see you’ve been out of college awhile, but don’t have an MBA. Why didn’t you go back and get one?” On the other questions he would ask, he would always rebutt my examples by stating “that’s impossible” or “that “doesn’t happen”. I really felt the recruiter’s attitude was centered around my age even though I knew this was an entry level position that didn’t require an MBA.. (note: I’m not quite 40, so I’m not in a protected class and to advance with XYZ Division you have to start in this entry level position.) It was also weird that they introduced another person as the hiring manager instead of the recruiter who portrayed himself as the hiring manager.

    The other two groups were really great and complimentary. They told me they had hired other people that worked where I had and they were doing great. They also told me I was very strong in the kind of skill sets they look for.

    The interviews were over a wed-thurs. Friday was a federal holiday so XYZ Division was closed. The recruiter called me the next Wednesday (less then a week after the interviews) to tell me that I was not being hired. I was completely floored because I feel like the recruiter had verbally offered me the position by telling me when I would start w/pay, to be ready to sell certain stocks, making a point of telling me I’m the first he contacted every time, and that he was having to dig around for other interviewees. I also don’t see how 2 business days later the recruiter would be calling people that weren’t hired. How is that enough time to do background checks, reference checks, drug tests, and acceptance offers on the ones they want? When I asked the recruiter for feedback on why I wasn’t selected his exact words were, “We found other people that were more closely aligned to the posting and you intereviewed poorly.” I was again floored because everybody, except for the recruiter, was really complimentary of me at the interview. I did call one of the other interviewers for real feedback and he thought I interviewed great, but couldn’t come up with a specific reason why I wasn’t hired.

    So after this long post, my questions/thoughts are what next? Thank god I didn’t quit my current job despite the recruiter telling me to ready to move quickly. I’m still looking, but have always wanted to work for XYZ Division. The recruiter is new and I really believe he is an ageist and wanted to put me through the meat grinder so he could show to his coworkers how great he is. I think XYZ Division would be horrified at his actions and have thought about letting the HR group know, but I also know I would be blacklisted and it would be my word against his. However, if the only way to advance at XYZ Division is by starting at this entry level role and I’m too old (as eluded to by the recruiter), then I don’t really have much to lose.

    Thanks for your thoughts and comments.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Wow Rick,

      Yes, very good that you didn’t quit your job! It certainly appears that there was “bad chemistry” between you and the recruiter, but I’m not sure I would blame it on ageism. You might have reminded him of someone he had worked for or with in his past whom he really disliked. Very likely that you’ll never know. The good news is that he didn’t leave you waiting a long time for the outcome.

      I think that your instinct is correct about reporting the recruiter for ageism. That would definitely burn bridges and position you as something of a whiner. Being in your 30′s, even late 30′s, makes the ageism accusation problematic.

      Since you really want to work at XYZ Division, you now have contacts within the organization who might prove to be useful to you over time. I would reach out to them, carefully. Send them email thanking them for their time and the opportunity to interview for the job, expressing your disappointment at the outcome. Tell them that a job at XYZ is one of your goals, and you hope they will keep you in mind for the next opportunity that opens. Perhaps connect with one or two who seemed most encouraging via LinkedIn (if it won’t put your current job at risk).

      Meanwhile, if you are determined to work at XYZ, determine what you might be able to do to make yourself a more attractive candidate next time. Perhaps take a class, join a professional organization, etc.

      Also consider changing your target employer to a similar one or even a competitor.

      Good luck with your job search!

      • Thanks, Susan. I kept looking at other jobs – hoping for the perfect job- during the process. I’m happy to report that I just accepted a nearly identical job in the private sector, but it pays over $30,000 more a year. I’m obviously happy and thinking about sending the “jerk recruiter” a big Thank You. haha…j/k, but seriously I want to make a comment about how important it is to keep looking at all opportunties and keep all balls in the air while you are looking for a new opportunity.



        • Susan P. Joyce says:

          Hi Rick,

          Excellent! Good for you!

          Thank you for sharing both your good news and your advice.


  8. Hello everyone,

    I have just had the first two job interviews of my life within one week (nothing else on the horizon yet), and I am eager to get a reply soon from either of the companies! I’m in a difficult situation as the second job is in a different country! (luckily, at least both are in EU, so there are not many administrative issues to solve in case I need to move). I had the first interview on the 30th of April, and I was told to receive the answer this week. However, the rest of this week is working holiday here, which means that the chance that I get the reply now is close to zero. I had the interview for the other position on the 7th of May, and they are planning to give an answer next week and hire the person immediately the week after.

    It is difficult for me to plan anything right now. The room I rent is available for me for one more week, and I am unable to tell my landlord whether I will need it longer or not – he might have already found someone else for the room…

    My other concern is that I did not get the chance to send a thank you message to the interviewers in the case of my first interview (this is the job I really really want, I consider the other as a ‘backup’ option) as everything was organized by a recruitment agency. After asking, the agency refused to give me the contact details of the interviewers (and I did not manage to find them online either), so I don’t think I can do anything more about it. However, I am a bit worried that it might influence my chances.

    Do you think it is a big mistake not to send such a message? Does it influence my chances? Do you have any suggestions what I should do in this situation?

    Thanks for your answers in advance :)

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Niki,

      Tough spot with the landlord! Hope this works out for you next week so you’ll know whether or not you can continue.

      Congratulations on your first 2 interviews!

      Hard to tell about the missing thank you emails. In the USA, thank you notes are still somewhat rare, so it might not be that big a deal here if you didn’t send them. In the EU, I’m not sure about the etiquette involved. Perhaps it’s not too late to send the thank you notes in the “snail mail” rather than email? Or perhaps drop them off at the location if the postal service isn’t operating over the holiday. Here, many employers say that a thank you note does not make a difference in whether or not someone is hired – that they hire the person who is best qualified.

      Too bad the recruiter was so uncooperative. Often, recruiters earn commissions when someone they recommend is hired, so I hope that this recruiter operated with your best interests in mind since you both benefit if you land this job.

      (If you work with this recruiter again, I’d be sure to collect the contact information directly from the interviewer at the end of each interview so you aren’t in the same position next time.)

      Hope that you get a job offer this week! Keep looking and keep trying, anyway, just in case neither of these opportunities work out for you. Perhaps the best job for you is waiting for you to apply.

      Good luck with your job search!

      • Dear Susan,

        Thank you very much for your nice words :)

        Of course nothing can be perfect, but at least one can learn from their mistakes :) I was given the opportunity to ask questions from them, and I ended up asking not-that-relevant ones. On the other hand, there could have been a lot of others which could help me now, and would not leave me with doubts. After these interviews I concluded that:
        - if I don’t have the contact details of the interviewers, indeed the simplest and easiest way is to ask them directly during the interview.
        - next time I would definitely ask how many candidates they are interviewing in total. It does not really influence anything during the interview, but now I have no clue whether I am one among 5 or among 30 candidates. It is better to know, in my opinion.
        - do not give up, but continue looking for other opportunities. I fell into this trap that now I base all my hopes on these two interviews. Now I need to learn that an interview does not guarantee immediate success – it only means that I took the next step of the job search process (the first is sending applications).

        Thank you for your help again, and I’ll inform you about the result when I receive a reply!


        • Susan P. Joyce says:

          Important lessons to have learned, Niki, and great take-aways from the experience. You’ll do much better in your next interviews, obviously.

          Stay in touch.

          Good luck with your job search!

  9. Shannon says:

    I had an interview that I felt went very well. It has been 3 weeks now so I sent a polite follow-up e-mail. Human Resources responded that they are still in the process of interviewing. Does it mean since they are still interviewing 3 weeks later that I should forget getting this job?

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Shannon,

      Without knowing how many people they planned to interview, it’s hard to tell what is going on. You could have been the first person interviewed and then someone important to the process got sick or called off to handle a more urgent situation. MANY things can happen that slows down the interview process.

      I would not give up on this opportunity, but I would certainly continue looking, just in case something better is out there waiting for you.

      Reach out to them in another couple of weeks to see what the status is. The phone is more reliable than email. When you call, don’t expect the them to remember you – tell him or her your name, the job you interviewed for, who interviewed you, and when you were interviewed. Then, ask for the current status of the job and the next steps in their process. Leave this as a message if you get voice mail and not a live person.

      Good luck with your job search!

      • Shannon says:

        I contacted them via telephone today and was told they are beginning 2nd interviews. She did not ask my name and said if I am chosen for a 2nd interview I will be contacted. Since she said they are just beginning the 2nd round, I am hoping that means I am still in the running, but maybe I am wrong? Would they have called me already?

        • Susan P. Joyce says:

          Hi Shannon,

          Yes, unfortunately, IF they have started contacting the 2nd round people for THIS job (and they may not have), they probably (!) would have called you already if you were one of the people chosen for the next round of interviews.

          Keep looking. They may call you, or they may not, but you don’t want to have “all your eggs in one basket” if they don’t call. Regardless of the employer or how interested you are in the job, don’t stop your job search until you have a writter job offer in your hand.

          Good luck with your job search!

  10. Melissa says:

    I went through a round of interviews at a big tech company (4 in total) plus a presentation for a position i didn’t originally apply for. I contacted a recruiter because
    I saw another ad for the same company and she pointed me out to that one saying they had an opening and it would be more suited to my profile. This one wasn’t advertised anywhere.
    Everything made me think I was successful and I was very excited to start asap. Recruiter said
    she will get back to me in 2 days top because after that, the whole team would be out of the office for the full week. After I do not hear from her for 3 days I kindly email her asking to call me.
    She tells the feedback from the hiring manager was positive
    and that they liked me, my answers, my examples etc.. she highlighted the fact that I’m a fast learner. However they felt like I didn’t have enough experience and they want me to do one more interview.
    She told me she’d be contacting me in a day to schedule the next interview and give me some materials to prepare on. She hasn’t called me yet, obviously but in the meantime she went ahead posting the job opening on both the career site and on linkedin.

    Besides the obvious fact that they knew what my experience was way before the interviews, what do you think I should do in order to exceed their expectations? Also, if they noticed I learn fast, why point out that the experience could be a problem?
    Also, is it a bad sign that they just posted the ad after they interviewed me?

    And if I fail, should I inquire about the previous position I applied for?

    Thank you!

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Your narrative is a little confusing so I’m not completely sure what has happened so far. My guess is that they either misinterpreted some of the information on your resume or you said something that made them think you aren’t as experienced as they originally thought, in spite of the “fast learner” observation.

      Posting the job could mean only that they are meeting a requirement that all jobs be posted (government regulation, internal policy, or both), or it could mean that they want to see if a better-qualified candidate is available. With so many people looking for jobs, employers are taking longer than usual to see if they are really hiring the best person available.

      Don’t give up on this opportunity, but do inquire about the position you originally applied for to see if it is still available, and ask the recruiter if anything else that is appropriate is available.

      Good luck with your job search!

  11. Hi Susan

    I live in NYC but I’m applying for jobs in SF. I went over last week at COMPANY A expenses because they wanted to interview me in person. They’re my first choice but I’m still waiting to hear back. in the meantime COMPANY B has contacted me and they want me to fly over possibly next week. These 2 companies are major competitors in their industries. I wanted to tell COMPANY A that they’re my first choice and that I would want to hear sooner from them before wasting time and money flying back for other interviews.

    What do you say?


    • YoungSally says:

      John —

      Personally I would say nothing until you have an offer from one or the other…even more so because they are competitors. If asked, you can say that you are still exploring other opportunities but there is no need to provide details (and not really any benefit either). In the unlikely event that you are in SFO for Company A and Company B meetings at the same time, my guess is that you split the expenses when you submit for reimbursement – but I defer to others on that.

      Good luck.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi John,

      I say this is a great situation for you! I concur with YoungSally about not mentioning either to the other at this point.

      It is very unlikely that letting COMPANY A know of your visit with their competitor will speed up their hiring process sufficiently to avoid this next trip (unless the next trip is 60 days from now). Assuming that COMPANY B is paying your travel expenses, I see no disadvantage for you at this point, other than the time and inconvenience of the travel.

      Check them out – nice to have two offers to consider rather than one! So, go for it!

      Good luck with your job search!

      • Thank you so much, both of you!

        I ended up calling COMPANY A saying that I wanted to know beforehand bc I was in touch with other companies (I specifically said you know what ads are up for the same position in your area…) and she replied “OUR COMPETITORS!”

        She told me she’d let me know pretty quickly when I would have my final interview.

        In the meantime, I got invited from COMPANY B for a face to face round of interviews. I accepted.
        They’re paying and like you said, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t consider both. I’m flying out next wednesday but I really hope the process with company A will be done by then


        • Susan P. Joyce says:

          Excellent! Good luck, John!

          Be wary of letting COMPANY B know you have interviewed with COMPANY A – they may spend too much time trying to pick your brain about COMPANY A than really interviewing you. And, vice versa…

          Safe travels!

          • Thanks Susan! I won’t tell anything to company B… but I thought I should send an email with a relevant article to the hiring manager (so far I’ve only been in contact with the recruiter) what do you think?


          • Susan P. Joyce says:

            Hi John,

            Assuming that you mean company B hiring manager, I would wait until after the interviw and send it as part of your thank you or as a follow-up to your thank you. Sending something to someone you haven’t met is a risky move – it could be seen as aggressive (which could be good or bad, depending on the person and the corporate culture) or it could be caught in a spam filter and be rendered irrelevant or awkward to discuss.

            I’d wait unless you are positive it would be specifically relevant to the interview.

            Good luck!

          • I meant company A :) Should I alert them that I will be in town so we could perhaps arrange another interview?



  12. Hello!

    I had an amazing interview last thursday. The person with the final hiring decision even went as far as to say ” you should come back everyday”. (i would love too of course) and that i was “awesome”. Newayz, after sending out my thank yous I got a note from the recuriter stating that she’d be in contact early next week with the next steps in the process…its wednesday at 12:00 and I still haven’t heard anything. Any suggestions??

  13. Hi everyone, so I had a face to face interview for a job last Thursday, the interviewers seemed quite positive at the end and told that the HR should get back within a week, and when she didn’t I contacted the HR. The reply was that they are still in the decision making process and she told an internal contact that they are still considering my application? Please tell me what could it mean? I am almost in tears here.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Ana,

      Calm down! Take a deep breath, and give this process time!

      It is VERY likely that you are not the only person being interviewed and that interviewing the other candidates will take time (scheduling, rescheduling, and the actual interviewing). Then, after every candidate is interviewed, there will probably be meetings to discuss the candidates and pick out the best to hire or the top 2 or 3 for another round of interviewing.

      So, my recommendation is that you continue with your job search, both so you won’t lose any momentum in your job search (people too often stop and wait for the offer – which can take weeks or months) and also so you will have other things to think about for your career.

      Don’t contact them again for another week – at least! And keep job hunting!

      Good luck with your job search!

  14. Hello Everyone,

    So this the end phase of my interview that was held on the 9th of May, it was a great interview and the interviewers saids that they would get back to my HR contact within a week, I had been following up at regular intervals every week and was told last week that the hiring manager is on a vacation, and they would get back to me today, May 29th. Yesterday, evening at 7pm, the HR called me and “apologised” for the delay and said that a meeting is scheduled with the hiring manager is due today, and she would definitely get back to me today whatever decision is made….so far no updates….what do I make up of all these, I am positive although she said she has no idea, which way the decision is leaning. Any insights, please?

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Ana,

      It sounds like the typical things causing a delay in coming to a decision – getting back to work after a vacation can often be complicated. The good news is that they are staying in pretty good contact with you, and that is promising.

      If you didn’t hear from them last week, contact them this week and politely ask for an update.

      Good luck with your job search!

  15. Dear Susan,

    Thanks for the reply. I did hear and they have set up a third interview with the VP this time on June 4th. I am hoping this is the final round. I would give my left arm to work here, say Company A. However, I have another interview with Company B on June 3rd. They make quick decisions. Is it okay to ask them to let me know the verdict of Company A letting them know that I(might) have another offer? They are however, not a competition to each other, Com A and Com B.

    Many thanks.

    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Ana,

      Congratulations on the 3rd interview with Compan A!

      If Company B makes you an offer on June 3rd, tell them you need to think over the offer. Ask for a week or until Friday, if possible. Don’t mention the possible offer from Company A.

      If you do get an offer from Company B, you MAY be able to tell Company A about it to get them to move a little more quickly. Up to you.

      Good luck!

  16. Stephanie says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I have been interviewing with this company for the past month. Routinely, they circle back with one another every Tuesday to discuss candidates and next steps. I have been receiving emails or callbacks the last four Tuesday’s, and last Thursday was the final round. The interviews have gone extremely well, and I was sure I landed the role. As we know, when we are waiting for that one call, it seems like a thousand years have passed by. My concern is that it is now Wednesday (I thought yesterdat would’ve been the day), and I have not heard anything. when I was already somewhat used to the every Tuesday update. Should I be concerned? and if not, when should follow up?


  17. Hi Everyone,

    I had a final interview on May 31st and after a week I got a call from HR stating that everything is going great and she is getting a positive feedback from everyone. Then she want to negotiate the salary and said this is the time that we should settle for the salary. I followed with HR person after 2 days and I have been told that she didn’t hear any decision from Hiring Manager. I am not sure what does that mean and what should be my next step.


    • Susan P. Joyce says:

      Hi Neelu,

      If I understand your timeline correctly, you should probably wait at least a week from your last follow-up with HR to contact them again. I would call so that you can ask questions and get more information than an email.

      You may or may not get a job offer. It’s hard to tell what is going on.

      Keep job hunting until you accept a job offer, regardless of how promising this opportunity feels to you. Many things on the employer’s side having nothing to do with you can derail a job offer – jobs get cancelled or modified.

      Good luck with your job search!

  18. Hi,
    I applied for a faculty position at a junior college this past February, and didn’t hear back from them until the end of April. I actually didn’t think I was really going to hear after such a long time, but was glad I finally heard from them. I had a scheduled interview for the third week of May. The interview consisted of presenting a class on the search committees choice of topic and answering a multitude of questions. I think I did pretty well. The search committee consisted of 6 people from different disciplines and areas of the college. At the end of the interview, I was told enthusiastically that I did an great job. I was told that they were interviewing for the first round until June 1st and then they would be contacting finalists for the second round of interviews. It is now been over 3 weeks since my interview and I have not been contacted by the college. I had sent a thank you note, and a follow up email this past week, but still have gotten no response. Do you think I have more than likely not made the cut for the second round of interviews, or is a college a place that typically takes their time in responding and I could possibly be in the running? It took so long to be initially contacted by the school, they could just be slow on their responses. I have a job now, and would love to change to this college job if given the opportunity. It’s so frustrating. Any thoughts on this?

  19. Thank you for your words really.

  20. Hello Everyone,
    I had was called in for an interview exactly a week ago and I felt it went pretty well for the most part. Right after the interview, I sent thank you emails to each of the interviewers the same day when I got home. One of them replied that night thanking me and mentioned that I should expect to hear from their recruiting team soon. However, this person isn’t the “hiring manager”, it was one of the interviewers.

    I took this as positive feedback and have high hopes simply because of this response. But now it’s been a week and I still haven’t heard anything? Does this person’s feedback mean anything? Should I reach out to this person and their HR department to see where they are in the process?


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