4 weeks post interview... Still haven't heard back!!

  1. Hi guys,

    So I'm a new grad and I had my first interview with a hospital for a med/tele unit. Interview went really well, and there was even a point were one of the interviewers told me I nailed a question. I precepted and volunteer on the unit next to the unit I interviewed for (the managers work closely together). After the interview I was feeling pretty confident.

    2 weeks after the interview I followed up with the manager. Her words were that "you're definitely high up on the list, but I'm waiting to hear back from recruitment on how many I can hire." She then told me that I could expect to hear back by the end of the week. The end of the week came and still didn't hear anything. Four weeks post interview I've heard nothing.

    At this point I would assume that I didn't get it and that they must of selected other candidates. However, I have friends who have went through the same interview process and they've said that if you don't get it, you receive a rejection email. If you get it you receive and offer email.

    What are your guys's thoughts? Has anyone waited longer than a month after an interview to hear back?
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  3. by   CocoaLoverFNP
    In my opinion, it would not hurt to send the manager a quick email regarding your status.

    However, i will also start looking for another job. If they really want me, they would've called me back by "the end of the week", as stated by the hiring manager. The hiring process usually do not take 4 weeks.

    Best of luck!
  4. by   Sammis1CNP2b
    I would also send the manager an email and it shows them you're still interested...
    At my hospital, it takes 4-6 weeks to hear back from an interview (I think I didn't hear back till 5 weeks) so there is definitely hope!
  5. by   Nurseinthemaking20
    Thanks for the responses guys. I of course have been putting in applications elsewhere. I just find it strange that I haven't gotten a rejection yet either. The unit has been really busy because there is construction going on at the hospital and the whole unit just had to relocate to another part of the hospital. Considering that I know the manager has got to be crazy busy and stressed out.

    For this reason I didn't want to bug her too much fearing that I would just irritate her. I would email her but honestly I don't think it would do much at this point. The day after my interview I emailed a thank you note, no response. I also called her office on Friday, left a voicemail inquiring about my status but no call back so far.

    What I don't understand is, after all this following up, if I didn't get it why not just tell me?
  6. by   CocoaLoverFNP
    Quote from Nurseinthemaking20
    Thanks for the responses guys. I of course have been putting in applications elsewhere. I just find it strange that I haven't gotten a rejection yet either. The unit has been really busy because there is construction going on at the hospital and the whole unit just had to relocate to another part of the hospital. Considering that I know the manager has got to be crazy busy and stressed out.

    For this reason I didn't want to bug her too much fearing that I would just irritate her. I would email her but honestly I don't think it would do much at this point. The day after my interview I emailed a thank you note, no response. I also called her office on Friday, left a voicemail inquiring about my status but no call back so far.

    What I don't understand is, after all this following up, if I didn't get it why not just tell me?
    I totally understand the frustration!

    Now that I know that you already called last Friday and left a voice message already, I would advice that you leave it at that. Trust me, SHE WILL call you back if they want you, either last week or in the future.

    I get that you have to show interest in the position. But you also have to remain reserved... Not sure what you call this but you have to know your worth as a new nurse. I understand you need a job... and i do too! But i go by the rule that if you do not want to hire me immediately, then it's your loss. I will take the job that will make me feel wanted... Which means calling me immediately. I don't like being the second or last option.

    I honestly get turned off by facilities that do not have any courtesy to inform their candidates about their hiring status. It reflects poor communication. I would not want a manager who does not close the loop of communication. I also do not want a manager who does not prioritize future employees. Everyone is busy and all of the possible excuses on why she didn't call you in a timely manner are unacceptable.

    She is a manager that should already have great time management skills. She should've devoted a 5-minute time slot to call you back and let you know if you are hired (or not)! Otherwise, I will not hesitate to say "Next job, please."

    Hey, cheer up! There is a great position waiting for you ;-) Just keep looking and never give up!
  7. by   mirandaaa
    Hospitals seem to have a pretty lengthy interviewing/hiring process.

    I hope you get it
  8. by   Nurseinthemaking20
    CocoaloverFNP,

    Thank you for your response. What you said is definitely true. It's hard to not be anxious but I agree that it is completely rude that they can't at least take two minutes to send me a short email or even leave me a voicemail. It makes me wonder why they are keeping me in limbo. They've had multiple opportunities to tell me they selected someone else if that is the case.
  9. by   Nurseinthemaking20
    Mirandaaa,

    Thank you for your response! At this point I really just want an acute care position! But in the meantime I am applying elsewhere.
  10. by   WKShadowRN
    Good luck, nurseinthemaking!

    Keep at it. It's a patient-person's game. I liked sending out thank you cards about two weeks after my interviews to a) show courtesy, 2)remind them of my interest, and pickle) ensure they had a way to contact me.
  11. by   mushyrn
    On one hand I see how busy a manager can be and how many hiring rules they have to follow, but you should not stop job searching until you've accepted and signed an offer you want and are starting on the unit in orientation. Maybe I have trust issues, but healthcare will burn you in a second if it needs to.

    But I would try to keep in touch with the manager/HR until told Yes or No. It shows interest. If you get another offer from a different place, definitely let them know you need to know ASAP if you really want to work with them. When it comes down to it, money is better than no money.

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