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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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Comments (32)

  • net2adeolu's picture

    ^^^^^^^

    When were they supposed to get back to you?

  • In reply to net2adeolu
    elephantastic's picture

    They didn't tell me. The HR coordinator was in a rush to get out before the holiday weekend, so she didn't see me before I left and I didn't have an opportunity to ask. I sent her a thank you not, too--but no word.

  • trading_girl's picture

    Banks were closed Monday, giving them two business days to figure their shit out - that's if everyone was around/able to meet, etc. I'd give it another day and then follow up; you don't want to come off as an eager beaver but not disinterested, either. Good luck.

  • In reply to trading_girl
    elephantastic's picture

    Thanks, trading_girl. I know I'm just being antsy. You think one week plus a day or two is enough time to lapse before a follow-up? I always figured two weeks was more standard.

  • tan86's picture

    A lot of people are out on vacation this time of year, so that is a definte possibility.

    In my expeirence, the sooner you hear, the better; but there are always exceptions to the rule.

    You have done everything right so far, so sit tight. Good luck!

  • Kris Kringle's picture

    Same situation with me. It's now 10 days since I went in for a 2nd round and haven't heard anything since. I emailed HR this past Tuesday and didn't receive anything back either. Looks like I was dinged.

  • elephantastic's picture

    Hmm, still no word. Would Monday be a reasonable time to check-in? If so--who to contact? The HR coordinator or the alumni contact? Neither interviewed me.

  • 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?

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  • 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.

  • elephantastic's picture

    Well, I e-mailed the HR coordinator this morning. No response yet and it's 5:30. That can't be good, right?

  • 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.

    --------------------------------------------------------
    "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, I'm holding out some hope. It's entirely possible they've just had their hands tied since the holiday.

  • SAC's picture

    Show up at their office and demand a response

  • elephantastic's picture

    Okay, I give up. Nobody is even picking up the phone. Could everyone still be on vacation, or be that busy? I'm getting paranoid that they're screening my calls.

  • dazedNconfused's picture

    don't email, phone them. I use tat all the time and it works. And if it is a negative response ask for feedback, if HR tells you you are a fit but there was a better candidate or something along those lines, then keep in touch with hr for future opportunities.

  • JohnTom's picture

    if you want to be really persistent, block your number and call but i would let it go... they know where to find u if they want you...........

  • elephantastic's picture

    Thanks for the advice. I got in touch with someone--turns out they've just been busy and haven't gotten together yet to decide anything.

  • JohnTom's picture

    If this is a research role, I wouldn't think u will hear anything for another 2-3 weeks then, as earnings is coming/here, by then they wont even remember who anybody was that interviewed.

  • mags22's picture

    I was waiting 10 days for reply after 1st round, they called..apologised for delay and invited for 2nd round so chin up ;)

  • elephantastic's picture

    Thanks for the encouragement. After yesterday's chat on the phone, I'm hoping to hear soon. For clarification, it's for an IBD position, not research.

  • 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?

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