I’ll try to keep this short, but it’s weird so bear with me. I was encouraged to apply for another position in my department. I sent in my resume and references and whatnot, and then nothing for 9 weeks. The long wait was ok since it’s a public university and these things take time, but since I work in the office I’ve seen quite a few people come in to interview for the job. I’ve been careful not to ask about progress since I didn’t want to put my coworkers (the hiring committee) in an awkward position, I’ve just been quietly riding it out and hoping for the best.
Until yesterday at the end of a really good meeting with my current supervisor when she said - I can’t say anything about anything, but I strongly encourage you to email a followup to that position. There is some information that you should have but won’t get unless you send an email initiating contact. I will tell you though that everyone who is going to be interviewed has been, and everyone who will not be getting an offer has been informed.-
Ok, so I leave her office thinking that’s odd advice, since of course they can contact me as an applicant whenever they want to, but whatever, so I send a quick followup email and go home for the day.
This morning I have a bright happy email from the director announcing the new hire for the position (not me), facilities comes in to make desk and chair decisions, and after lunch I find the form email telling me they’ve gone with another candidate.
Not getting the job is fine, it happens, but what the hell was my boss trying to tell me in her cryptic little message? She said very clearly that everyone who didn’t get selected has been informed, but that wasn’t true for me.
I wish I’d gotten the sorry Charlie email before they sent out the announcement, and I wish she had just kept her damn mouth shut because it kind of made everything more uncomfortable than it needed to be.