Already followed up after interview, do I dare follow up again?

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Had the interview, and was told by one of the associates I met with that follow ups are encouraged. So, exactly one week after the interview I sent an email to the partner I interviewed with. He replied within twenty minutes and said he would let me know one way or the other in the next week. That "next week" came and went on Friday with no word or rejection letter.

Is it too pushy if I send another email asking on status? I am thinking of waiting until Monday to do this as that would let almost ten days go by since his "deadline", and that doesn't seem pushy. Yet, I really want this job and I hate waiting so do I just bite the bullet and send another followup email today?

Thanks to all for your help.

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Aug 21, 2013

I would go ahead and follow up today

Aug 21, 2013

Besides the partner, anyone else involved in the decision making process?

Aug 21, 2013

So I couldn't take it anymore and sent another email. Partner got back to me within the hour and said that they are still reviewing their hiring needs and my candicacy. They will get back to me when they make a decision. The "hiring needs" sounds cryptic like they may not hire anyone at all.

Red, there are three total partners. The one I would be working directly under was not at our interview, which leads me to believe there is a second round. But in my experience second rounds usually come within a week or two of the first interview. Im coming on a month since the first interview.

I really hate how long and dragged out this process is.

Aug 21, 2013

It's be case-by-case, as second rounders can sometimes take weeks to set up. In this situation, with only three partners, you may have already been weeded out by the guys you met with & they're taking a look at other candidates in the mix. The job hunt process sucks - having some moonshine tonight might help ease the pain.

Aug 21, 2013

Thanks for the replies. I have to think that I will get a second interview though. I was told at the interview that I would meet with one partner and one associate. After I met with them they then sent in four more associates for me to meet and I got along good with everyone (more conversational than QA awkward). Some of the associates didnt even know they were interviewing. I think that if they took the time to keep sending people to meet with me that they are interested enough to bring me back for a second interview.

Of course, as you said I may have just been weeded out and they are waiting on others before they send rejection letters. Moonshine it is!.

Aug 21, 2013

Sometimes these things just take time. Plus it is the end of August so people are really thinking about the beach right now and not about hiring. I would just give it more time.

********"Babies don't cost money, they MAKE money." - Jerri Blank********

Aug 21, 2013

Sounds about right. My current firm dragged this out for two months before they could finally get the decision-makers in the room at the same time. Waiting sucks though.

Aug 22, 2013
jeanpaulvalley:

Sounds about right. My current firm dragged this out for two months before they could finally get the decision-makers in the room at the same time. Waiting sucks though.

Damn that sucks. I feel like that is what is going on with me. A position I recently interviewed for was posted back in May. Interview were suppose to take place in June then got pushed back all the way until August because they were really busy. And they were suppose to have us take a personality test (Boutique) and couldn't set that up because they didn't have time. So I feel like getting all the people who interviewed us into one room to make a decision is taking awhile, and it sucks!!

Aug 22, 2013

Don't deal with HR, deal with the people you interviewed with.

Aug 22, 2013

so should I reiterate my eagerness to land this position? or just send a quick 1-2 sentences asking what the timeline is for making decisions?

Aug 22, 2013

any other suggestions?

Aug 22, 2013

You have to feel it out. As a rule though, it never hurts to reiterate how much you want the job. If you write the email to the interviewers make sure that you don't push them, i.e., DON'T ask them when they will reach a decision. Just say that you are impressed by x and y aspect of the company, are impressed by the people you met during the interviews. Try to be specific.

Aug 22, 2013

ehh wish you posted that before I sent the e-mail...here is what I said, what do you think? (this is the body of the message)

Happy New Year!

I was hoping to get an update on where things stand regarding your decision on the Associate Analyst candidates. I touched base with __ ___ two weeks ago and she informed me that you had several people on hold.

It has been nearly a month since I interviewed at your office in Chicago and thought it was an appropriate time to follow up with you personally.

Hope to speak with you soon.

Aug 22, 2013

It is done, man. Don't sweat it. In the future I would try something like this:

(First some ice breaker line where you say hi. If possible relate it to your interview. If you travelled for the interview, you can always say that you are back in X city doing y.) Following this, you can say something along the lines, "Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me on x date." Then move on to say something about the content of the interview, such as, "After the interview, I have a better understanding of you company's culture/business model/etc. and are more eager to have the opportunity to work for them" You can also thank them for x information that you got when he/she replied to a question about the company.

In the following paragraph (depending on what you wrote in the previous one) you can reiterate your interest in the company and explain in a very specific way what is it about the industry and their company in particular that attracts you. You can also take the opportunity to add something that you forgot to say during the interview (it happens very often), put emphasis on x aspect of your application, etc. It is your chance to articulate once more what you can contribute to their firm.

Finally, you can just say that you the company is a fit with your skills and career goal and thank them. You can also say that you look forward to hearing back from them.

Sorry if it seems a little vague, but it is easier to do a targeted one that to come up with some air-tight formula. The point, however, is to appear proactive; to remind them of your existence without seeming desperate; and to try to improve their perception of you, even if at this point you can only do so marginally.

In any case it is agonizing to wait, so I understand why you rushed to write to them. I have a friend that was on an MBB's wait list for 5 weeks and did not get the job in the end. Btw, he was the only person in the waiting list. And after the decision they did not seem to really be that willing to work with him for future opportunities. In my mind that was just CRUEL!

Aug 22, 2013

what a joke this firm is...they called to tell me they were moving in a different direction two days after I sent that e-mail...what were they just not gonna say anything unless I inquired?

good riddance...probably a blessing in disguise given the glassdoor.com reviews of the firm (gallup consulting)

Aug 22, 2013

Rejection is tough. But you've got to move on, man! Others things will come! Are you a student? Where are you located (roughly)?Are you waiting to hear from other companies? Do you have a list of companies to which you are going to apply?

Anyway, don't let this discourage you.

Aug 22, 2013

i finished undergrad at a non-target in may '11....i live in the nyc area so most of my focus has been on jobs in manhattan, but i have also been applying to positions in other major cities across the US....

that was the last legit recruiting process that I have been through (3 phone interviews at home in NY, 4 interviews in chicago)..I don't really have anything else on the horizon either..

I have also applied to probably 150+ jobs, many just resume drops..these apps have included everything from BB to tiny boutiques...from i-banking to mgmt. consulting to hedge funds..

I have enlisted the help of someone at Bluechip Career for a brief consultation..the person has experience at top BB's and MBB..I hope to figure out what I really want to do..

I-Banking vs. Mgmt. Consulting is the major issue at this point, aside from not being able to find anything worthwhile...and just to let it be known: I'd rather work in catering than get a back office job..I'm just the kind of person who would be absolutely miserable in a job I don't want and wouldn't be able to enjoy anything for the duration of the role..

/rant

Aug 22, 2013

Like Ash said, it's over and done with - but any future communication to someone you interviewed with should include, at a minimum:

1) Why you're excited about the opportunity
2) Something you learned / got excited about in the interview

The email you sent was transactional - perfectly fine for HR, not so much for the people you're trying to influence.

Aug 22, 2013
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