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Friends, I’ve come as close to NOT being unemployed any longer as I have recently.  About 2 weeks ago I interviewed with a company where they revealed to me that I was 1 of 3 final candidates and that they would make a decision the next day.  When I didn’t hear anything the next day, I was still undeterred.  It seems unlikely that a company would interview 3 candidates and make an immediate decision.  What transpired beyond that is a bit bizarre.

A little background on this prospective opportunity is that I was going through a recruiter.  She told me that she had submitted 2 of the 3 candidates for this final selection process.  Since she knew one of the other 2 candidates she informed me that I was probably the stronger of the 2 candidates that she was representing, but not to get overconfident nor let down in my performance.  I didn’t.  I had a great interview and thought for sure that I was the right person for the job.

Two days later I decided to check in with the recruiter since she hadn’t called me.  I began to have doubts at that point anyway, but tried to maintain a positive appearance.  To my surprise she said that the hiring manager was pleased to have 3 strong candidates and that he hadn’t yet made his decision.  That is why I didn’t freak out after not hearing the next day, as he’d suggested. 

A couple of more days go by where it had been a week since my interview and I still hadn’t heard anything.  She reluctantly told me that her firm didn’t win with either of the 2 candidates she had submitted and that the 3rd/unknown candidate received the offer.  That certainly was a possibility, but not the answer I hoped to hear.  I accepted the decision and prepared to move on with my other leads.

Here is where it gets weird.  The following week I received a call from another recruiting company that described a terrific opportunity; one that sounded too familiar.  It was the same job that I had just interviewed for!  What had happened?  I revealed that I was a finalist for that position but it was offered to another candidate.  The first choice didn’t work out!  Here’s my chance!  I went back to the company that represented me and told them that I learned that their first candidate didn’t work out and would they still consider me as a backup candidate?

I have to believe that as soon as the first candidate didn’t work out that the hiring manager would have been in touch with the recruiter representing the other 2 candidates (including me) to take the next available candidate.  I’m afraid not.

The position remains open.  It’s bizarre.  They are starting over with the search.  I'm as disappointed as I’ve been in this job search.  I hope that you don’t experience that level of heartache!

Your comments at the bottom of the page are always welcome.  You can also write to me at my email address below and I’ll get back to you.  Best of luck to you on your search!

Thank you!

The Laid Off IT Guy!

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