Interviewed for a position last week. Director said the person in HR would be contacting me "soon" to get an offer going, the background etc. in hopes I could begin w/the next orientation which would be this coming Monday. 5 days passed & I heard nothing. I contacted HR thinking maybe I misunderstood and I was to contact them to set up the drug screen..the person who answered the phone said no - the Dir. of HR will make the decision if an offer is extended..that surprised me as I would think the Dir. of a unit would be the decision maker - not someone in HR. I then left a message for the Director I interviewed with politely telling him I had not heard from HR in the time frame he indicated I would and wanted to make sure I understood I was being offered the position contingent upon having a background and drug screen done (neither of which I'm worried about) and that I was able to start Monday but again, have heard nothing. He did not return my call.
I am not going to contact him or HR again but now I wonder if I made a mistake in calling the Dir. and telling him I had not heard anything as yet from HR. I was going on what he said, that he wanted to get me in the next orientation etc. I have turned down 2 other interviews because I thought I had this job. I really don't think I misunderstood but now am concerned I may have messed up by calling........ugh......
Jul 24, '13
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Jul 24, '13
Some interviewing/hiring managers seem to not have the verbal skills to conclude/close an interview politely but noncommittally, without directly or indirectly implying that an offer is imminent. Or they "feel bad" about leaving an obviously motivated/interested job seeker hanging.
Just my two cents here ...
I would not ever expect a verbal offer at the end of an interview, unless it was a second or third interview, and I knew that at least some kind of background check/verification of experience and credentials had already taken place. That verification, as well as a typical drug screen, are not minor, procedural details - they're biggies. In my mind, an interviewer who implies an offer immediately during the interview is desperate to fill a position, and is not mindful of the risk to the overall organization that can come with sidestepping that process. I think that is what was meant by the HR director signing off on whether or not an offer is made -- s/he is the final check that not only is this the person that is the unit's first choice, but also a person who fulfills whatever other requirements the organization feels are necessary.
I don't think you have necessarily messed up by calling - once. I would not call again. You might email or write to the director who interviewed you one more time, restating a couple of your strengths that were discussed during the interview and thanking him again for his time. I would not pursue any communication beyond that.
Lesson learned: when job hunting, pursue ALL good opportunities until you have an actual, bona fide offer, preferably in writing.
Good luck with your search.
Jul 24, '13
Thank you for replying...I interviewed w/the Director and his assistant..they specifically stated the next step would be for HR to contact me to set up the drug test and background check then a formal offer would be made once those came back ok - he spoke about what to wear, orientation and what to expect during that and how I would be expected to work a weekend a month plus 2 holidays... I realize in my original post I did not make that clear..at any rate..I have heard nothing so I spend today applying at other places and also leaving messages for the interviews I turned down politely asking if there was still a possibility - long shot I know. I feel so stupid and sick about this..I really thought the job was mine based on what the director and his assistant said now I'm back peddling and panicked. My fault.