Help wanted! please tell me what this implies

Hey guys,

Here is the story which confused me a lot, so if anyone can give me a big picture of what is going on, I will greatly appreciate.

I had a final-round interview with a investment management firm last week. Before coming for the interview, the HR told me this will be the final round and "I will walk away from the interview with or without an offer". There were 10 people attending this final-round of superday interview, and the process was pretty intense and lasted for a whole morning. During lunch, I got a call from the HR asking me to go back to their office in the afternoon to have a last and final interview with some of their executives. When I arrived at the office, I learned that I was the only candidate surviving the morning session. The final interview ran quite smoothly, and after that I was told I should be able to know their decision no later than this Wednesday, which was a good sign I was assuming.

However, I received another call today from the HR, and I was told that they have invited another group of people for interview this Thursday, and by comparing and contrasting their qualifications with mine, they will be able to make a decision. I was also told that this group of people have more experience that I do. By the end of the conversation, the HR said he will contact me this Friday and hopefully he will be able to give me an offer then.

Can anyone explain to me what was going on here? I was quite confused.

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Comments (16)

Apr 12, 2011 - 3:09pm

I think what's going on is what they said. Just relax, pursue other items and hope for the best.

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!
Apr 12, 2011 - 3:25pm
WalMartShopper:
I think what's going on is what they said. Just relax, pursue other items and hope for the best.

Thanks a lot for the reply! I guess relaxing and praying might be the only option I have right now.

What doesn't quite make sense to me is that if I was the only one surviving the last and final round, it would mean that almost every interviewer in the superday session should have given me a thumb-up. If that's the case, why did they invite more people for interview? If they did this just because I was still not good enough to be hired, they did not have to give me this phone call. They can just simply wait for 2 weeks and send me a rejection letter.

Do i still have a chance? I appreciate your feedbacks!

Apr 12, 2011 - 3:18pm

@WalMartShopper

Thanks a lot for the reply! I guess relaxing and praying might be the only option I have right now.

What doesn't quite make sense to me is that if I was the only one surviving the last and final round, it would mean that almost every interviewer in the superday session should have given me a thumb-up. If that's the case, why did they invite more people for interview? If they did this just because I was still not good enough to be hired, they did not have to give me this phone call. They can just wait for 2 weeks and send me a rejection letter.

Do i still have a chance? I appreciate your feedbacks!

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Apr 12, 2011 - 3:31pm

I think you have a chance, but that you didn't blow them away during the interviews and they are looking for something better. I would just hope nobody blows them away on their second "superday", or that they will still give you another interview to compare you to the new people they are seeing.

The real issue is that HR has no idea what is going on, and that is normal. If the group only had X people lined up and HR assumed a decision was going to be coming from that group, it would have made sense for them to tell you what they did. Most likely, the group hiring managers weren't sold and wanted to see more candidates.

Either way, good luck.

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." Theodore Roosevelt
Apr 12, 2011 - 3:44pm
Something Creative:
I think you have a chance, but that you didn't blow them away during the interviews and they are looking for something better. I would just hope nobody blows them away on their second "superday", or that they will still give you another interview to compare you to the new people they are seeing.

The real issue is that HR has no idea what is going on, and that is normal. If the group only had X people lined up and HR assumed a decision was going to be coming from that group, it would have made sense for them to tell you what they did. Most likely, the group hiring managers weren't sold and wanted to see more candidates.

Either way, good luck.

This, but don't get discourage. If they wanted you gone they wouldn't have called you, you're still in the running just have to blow them away this round. Should be easy you're more comfortable than the other candidates and know what's coming just rethink how to answer the basic questions they asked so you come off more polished.

They want to stay in your good graces that is why they keep updating you and not ignoring you.

Apr 12, 2011 - 3:49pm
ProspectiveMonkey:
Something Creative:
I think you have a chance, but that you didn't blow them away during the interviews and they are looking for something better. I would just hope nobody blows them away on their second "superday", or that they will still give you another interview to compare you to the new people they are seeing.

The real issue is that HR has no idea what is going on, and that is normal. If the group only had X people lined up and HR assumed a decision was going to be coming from that group, it would have made sense for them to tell you what they did. Most likely, the group hiring managers weren't sold and wanted to see more candidates.

Either way, good luck.

This, but don't get discourage. If they wanted you gone they wouldn't have called you, you're still in the running just have to blow them away this round. Should be easy you're more comfortable than the other candidates and know what's coming just rethink how to answer the basic questions they asked so you come off more polished.

They want to stay in your good graces that is why they keep updating you and not ignoring you.

I appreciate your feedbacks! Do you think the "hopefully I will be able to give you an offer this Friday" suggest anything positive for me?

Thanks!

Apr 12, 2011 - 3:44pm
Something Creative:
I think you have a chance, but that you didn't blow them away during the interviews and they are looking for something better. I would just hope nobody blows them away on their second "superday", or that they will still give you another interview to compare you to the new people they are seeing.

The real issue is that HR has no idea what is going on, and that is normal. If the group only had X people lined up and HR assumed a decision was going to be coming from that group, it would have made sense for them to tell you what they did. Most likely, the group hiring managers weren't sold and wanted to see more candidates.

Either way, good luck.

Thanks so much for your reply! The current situation is the HR that contacted me this morning was actually the hiring manager (i assume), and it was him that told me after the superday "I will walk away from the interview with or without an offer", which seems kind of weird.

I was initially assuming they will make a hiring decision by picking the best from the 10 people who attended the superday. Eventually I was the best among the final candidates, and now they told me they are seeing more people. During the weekend I feel really excited about the potential offer, and this phone call was truely a disapointment.

Apr 12, 2011 - 3:33pm

it honestly seems kinda weird that theyre dicking you around like that. they told you that you would either get an offer or not get an offer coming out of the superday, and now they are delaying that which kinda sucks. tough to say what they potentially mean by this though--you would think that obviously you are still in the running, since they wouldve straight up rejected you if you werent, but its very weird that they would go out of your way to tell you the others being interviewed were more qualified or whatever. looks like all you can really do is wait it out at this point.

Apr 12, 2011 - 3:48pm
leveRAGE.:
it honestly seems kinda weird that theyre dicking you around like that. they told you that you would either get an offer or not get an offer coming out of the superday, and now they are delaying that which kinda sucks. tough to say what they potentially mean by this though--you would think that obviously you are still in the running, since they wouldve straight up rejected you if you werent, but its very weird that they would go out of your way to tell you the others being interviewed were more qualified or whatever. looks like all you can really do is wait it out at this point.

Thanks so much for the reply! It was truely a dissapointment because I was assuming I will get an offer this week since I was the best among the final candidates, as the superday indicated. There must be a point where they will stop and pick the best from whatever they have, otherwise this will be an ongoing process that lasts forever.

Apr 12, 2011 - 4:11pm
ProspectiveMonkey:
Probably just HR gunning for you. The final decision will fall into the hands of the people interviewing you. Either way just stay motivated and do a better job of preparing this time, because you're most likely inches away from an offer.

Thanks a lot! I am actually not attending this Thursday's interview because last week was the final round "for me". I assumed I have done a great job, since otherwise I won't not be the only one surviving the superday. I am pretty sure I was very close to be hired as the HR assistant asked me after the final interview exactly how much I am interested in this position on a scale of 1-10, and 1 being the least and 10 being the most. From my perspective it was a way for them to wrap up the interview and prepare for extending the offer. So It seems quite weird as they are trying to see more people right now, which is usually a bad sign.

Apr 12, 2011 - 5:05pm

They could have said no and sent you on your way, just like the other 9, but they didn't. It sounds like you are a borderline candidate who didn't exactly blow them away with your last interview. This Thursday is pretty quick to have another superday already lined up which leads me to believe it has been planned for a while. Regardless, you are still in the mix and you should email every person you interviewed with, if you have not already, to thank them for their time and express your interest in the firm and great desire for the position. If they asked you your interest level you might have come off as less than enthusiastic.

Apr 12, 2011 - 5:22pm
judowned:
They could have said no and sent you on your way, just like the other 9, but they didn't. It sounds like you are a borderline candidate who didn't exactly blow them away with your last interview. This Thursday is pretty quick to have another superday already lined up which leads me to believe it has been planned for a while. Regardless, you are still in the mix and you should email every person you interviewed with, if you have not already, to thank them for their time and express your interest in the firm and great desire for the position. If they asked you your interest level you might have come off as less than enthusiastic.

Thanks a lot for the reply and your suggestions! Do you think the phone call I received this morning is just a warning of a potential rejection on Friday?

Thanks,

Apr 12, 2011 - 5:50pm
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