“Help. I’m stuck in the waiting game!”
Dear Ronnie Ann. I am from Taiwan and found your website by google. My background is engineering. And I focus my job hunting on those positions in the high-tech industry. Currently I am stuck in the waiting game after my 2nd interview. My situation is like this.
I went to the 2nd interview of a large high-tech company on April 17. And I wrote thank you note and follow-up letters after the interview to all the interviewers. But I did not hear anything from them over the past month. Therefore, I called HR last Monday for their decision.
She responded my job application is getting approval. But she does not know which candidate would be selected (It sounds weird). She assumed the approval process would be done by the end of last week and would give me call.
Until now, I still have not received her call. Is there still hope to get this job? I am very desperate for this job, cuz it is what I really want. Could you give me some opinions?
Thank many for your help.
Internal processes after 2nd interview
So glad you found my blog. Welcome. I love having guests from other parts of the world. I’ll try my best to help you.
Unfortunately, there’s no way for me to know for sure what they are thinking. But as of this moment, even though you are stuck in the waiting game, there is still hope. Sometimes, after a second interview, companies need to run your application through a variety of processes before they can even consider an offer. And those processes can take a long time.
It sounds like you are one of several candidates they are considering strongly. But she gave you no clue as to whether you’re the number one choice as of this moment. And she may not even know yet, since other opinions enter in as the process moves along.
You’ve already followed up politely. So all you can do right now is wait. And think positively. (It never hurts.) Even if you aren’t number one, there can be hope. The person who they offer it to may already have another job or may say no.
So many possibilities. But without a crystal ball, I can only tell you … there is still a chance. Even though it’s past the deadline she gave you. I’ve had that happen in my own career with good results.
I hope you do get this job. But just in case you don’t get an offer, take that positive energy and don’t give up until you get the job you want. We can never know what’s just around the corner that may even be better!
Good luck, VL. Please let us know what happens.
~ Ronnie Ann
[Updated in 2020]
About the author…
Ronnie Ann, founder of Work To the Wise and 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, as well as her many adventures as a serial job seeker.
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