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I went through first round interviews for an associate position at a boutique bank in NYC last Thursday, right before the July 4th weekend, and haven't heard back. Most curiously, my alumni contact at the bank hasn't responded, and he was very communicative leading up to the interviews. I'm thinking he either doesn't want to get tangled in the decision process, he's on vacation, or just plain busy.

Any thoughts? I know a one week lapse in time is not usually a good sign.

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  • elephantastic's picture

    Any advice on that last question? My friend suggests I contact HR because contacting the alum for a status update might suggest to him that I didn't do well. On the other hand, my feeling is that the alum is more likely to nudge me to a positive decision if I'm on the line or if they haven't discussed me yet. Thoughts?

  • tan86's picture

    I recommend contacting the HR coordinator on Monday. Simply thank her/him for their time, express your enthusiasm for the position and ask when you will be hearing back regarding next steps.
    Also, get in contact with the alum you know in order to get him/her to put in a good word for you.

  • JohnTom's picture

    This kinda thing has happened to me before, I literally met with 12 people - 5 rounds, nailed each interview, and I never heard back. I only formally found out I didn't get the job when I called HR about another role and mentioned it. Needless to say I don't think theres an excuse for this kind of behavior, nobody is that busy and nobody is that impt despite what people think. It's easy to write a 2 sentence email that you can send to each dinged candidate....

    I generally view two weeks as the barrier, if you dont hear by then, I just assume its over..

  • coffeebateman's picture

    I think it's pathetic when people don't have the decency to at least send a generic letter.

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    "I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcom

  • coffeebateman's picture

    I think it's pathetic when people don't have the decency to at least send a generic letter.

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    "I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcom

  • elephantastic's picture

    Well, it's been more than a week--I still haven't heard anything from HR and they won't pick up the phone. I realize that banks often reject candidates by simply forgetting about them, but isn't it odd to do that after HR has specifically stated that they'll be in touch with you soon?