So I applied for a job (which I found listed on Monster.com) in mid-November. Because the position involves writing/editing, the application itself requires the completion of some writing exercises, and the submission of writing samples.
So I did all that, and sent my goodies on their way.
About a month later, my SO inquired as to whether I’d heard anything about the job. I said, no and that, at that point, I didn’t figure I would.
As it turned out, I got an email from the company the next day, saying basically, “Congratulations! You’ve made it to Round 2, in which you will write MORE things for us!” And lemme tell ya, the Round 2 exercises were no joke! It took me a week to complete (meanwhile all of the conspiracy theorists I know were beginning to suspect that the whole thing was a ploy on the company’s part to get free material), but I finally sent THOSE goodies on their way.
And heard nothing for a couple more months. At one point, I did email to confirm that my second submission had been received; I received an email saying yes, it had, and that it was in the final stages of review.
Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I got a call (at 7:30 pm, on my cell phone, when I was slightly tipsy and stuffing my face with Hamburger Helper at my SO’s house) from someone at the company. At first (perhaps because of the wine?) I thought she said that my second submission DID NOT pass their screening. I was disappointed, but thought, "Gee, it’s nice of them to CALL the rejects . . . "
Then she started talking about how the next step would be to bring me in for an interview.
I was so confused. “OK,” I said, hoping I didn’t sound as drunk as I suddenly felt, “at first it sounded like bad news, but now it sounds like GOOD news!”
She replied that there was one caveat: they weren’t 100% sure that they’d have an opening. They didn’t like to conduct interviews until they were positive of an open position, so we wouldn’t be able to schedule the interview just yet. She said she’d know something within a couple of weeks, and gave me a number to contact her if I hadn’t heard anything by then.
That was 2 weeks ago. And I’ve heard nothing since. So I just called her . . .
. . . and she’s not in. I left a message, but I am SO ready for some closure, here!
But I guess the wait continues . . .
( . . . and BTW, at this point I’m assuming I just mistakenly heard a “DIDN’T [pass our screening]” where she said “DID”.)
And how odd is it to call me (and, I assume, other applicants who made the second cut) and say, "We might want to interview you, if we have an opening . . . "
Why wouldn’t they just wait until they knew for sure that there’d be an opening?
And if they’re NOT sure, why was an opening advertised on Monster.com in November?
I’m so confused.
Thanks for letting me vent.