had an interview, got the job offer, now what?

  1. so i had an interview at a children's psychiatric hospital run by new york state. in short, the interview went great, i was offered the full-time position exactly a week later, and have never heard back.
    the initial call took place on 4/20 and she said "i'm going to call you back next week once i talk to HR to find out if it is a day or evening position." i was so happy because i'm really sick of being a school nurse and was really excited about this opportunity. working for the state seemed like a great idea because the salary is decent and the benefits are awesome. i also want to get into psychiatry because i am planning on becoming a psych NP.
    anyway, long story short, this director of nursing never called me back. it has now been 2 weeks since her initial call. i called back last tuesday to "follow up" and left a message and never got a call back.
    what are your opinions on this? is this just the state being the state and taking their sweet time? or did it fall through and should i give up hope? i just find it to be incredibly bizarre because i was OFFERED THE JOB!!!! at least have your secretary send me an email to tell me to forget it. how unprofessional and rude.
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  3. by   Merlyn
    Give her a call.
  4. by   cally527
    I would call again. Government positions usually are slow.... lots of bureaucratic red tape etc.
  5. by   Double-Helix
    It's a little odd that she offered you a position without knowing if it was days or nights. I'd call her again tomorrow and if you don't hear back by Friday, go in in person.
  6. by   elkpark
    It's certainly true that government bureaucracies often move v. slowly, but I don't see how the person could have actually, formally offered you the position without telling you specifically what shift, pay rate, etc., you are being offered. I have a feeling you have not actually been offered the job yet, although she may have been v. positive about your prospects in the interview.
  7. by   schoolnursejennie
    I agree that it was very strange but I basically chalked it up to the state being the state. I called last Tuesday and left a message for her. Do you think it's being too pushy and/or desperate to call again? Maybe I should email her secretary. I'm so disappointed!! I'm starting to think that she went to hr to file all the paperwork and something fell through with funding, etc. ugh!!!
  8. by   schoolnursejennie
    I did and she never called back. I don't want to start harassing her.
  9. by   schoolnursejennie
    woohooo...she finally called back and said there was "an HR snafu." i start on may 24
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  11. by   elkpark
    Congratulations! Welcome to child psych! I hope this will be a great experience for you.
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  13. by   Orca
    I work for a state government agency, and we tell people during the interview process that hiring takes a while. Experience has taught us that it generally takes 6-8 weeks for our HR department to process everything and notify applicants, and we let applicants know. HR is understaffed and they have a lot to take care of, so there are legitimate reasons for this.

    If this agency is anything like mine, the issue is already out of the hands of the people actually offering the job and in the hands of people who have to perform the mundane parts of the hiring process. I wouldn't be surprised if your interviewer cannot answer your question.
  14. by   HolyPeas
    I would call again, government positions take a while (yay bureaucratic processes) BUT that being said, the fact that they didnt call you and at least keep you abreast of what is happening is really not a great sign. proceed with caution.