It's been 3 weeks since an interview, should I follow-up?

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It has been 3 weeks since my interview, and I am starting to get anxious. I have had 3 rounds of interviews so far, and during the last round they said that would probably bring me in for a 4th. They also told me that they are not in a hurry to make a decision and it could drag out until late August. I have met with several Associates, VPs and MDs so far. For reference, the firm is a partner owned boutique.

Should I follow-up to reiterate my interest and ask where they are at in the process? I would be emailing a VP in the group who I have a good professional relationship with. However, I do not want to come off as desperate or needy.

Thank you for your help!

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Aug 9, 2017

I wouldn't count on them right now. Focus on your job search and then reach out late August if you don't hear back or if you get an offer elsewhere and want their attention.

In my experience so far, whenever I hear they're not in a hurry to hire often ends up sounding like they're on the fence for filling the position and may scrap it altogether.

What experience level is this role and when did you have the first interview?

Aug 10, 2017

This is an Associate level role. The first round was in mid-June.

Based on our conversations, they made it seem they desperately needed 1-2 more Associates. I'm just surprised they are purposely being so slow!

Aug 10, 2017

yeah just keep looking, no sense in waiting on them.

Oct 19, 2017

I experienced this "on the fence" situation with a boutique. They're a lot tighter on head count it seems. They ended up scrapping their process all together. My contact at the firm said it was between me and another guy; they ended up hiring nobody.

Work hard, work clean, & most of all do not give up.

Aug 9, 2017

Keep looking. If they call you in, great.

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Aug 10, 2017

You didn't get it.

Aug 12, 2017

If they need you they'll let you know. With that being said, my current employer contacted me 3 or so weeks after I applied. I was a distance candidate and they really tried local candidates before going for me, but I was apparently hands down better than the local guys/gals, so they gave me a full relo package.

So it doesn't mean it's the end, but odds are it is the end. So please keep trying and don't stop til you're sitting in a new seat.

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May 7, 2018

If its been 3 week already then of course you should do follow up for an interview. Proper follow up is what gives you an idea about whether to look for another job or not. So as in your situation you must do it.

Sometimes recruiters takes time to complete the process as they might looking for more candidates for same position and so on. So follow up is required in this situation.

Go with follow up and don't be hurry to make decision.

May 7, 2018

Hate to say this, but it's very likely that you didn't get the job. Always keep looking until you have an offer IN WRITING.

May 7, 2018

I don't think it would hurt if you phrased it the perfect way.... I think it's more of a hail mary than anything else.

May 7, 2018

Did you fail technical/modeling questions? Do you have absolute reason to believe that their perception of your supposed lack of modeling skills is going to lose you the job? I ask because an unprovoked model submission is, as the prior poster said, really a hail mary play. Depending on the person it makes its way to and the culture of the shop, whatever you submit will be open to a high degree of scrutiny and, depending on how air-tight your model is, possibly some ridicule (maybe I've just worked with soulless people). It sounds like you're taking some great steps to beef up your modeling skills, that's to be lauded and it sounds like something you need to do in your position, but you may be opening yourself up to a lot more downside risk than upside.

Summation: if I were in your seat, I'd only do it if I really strongly felt I had already lost the job because of lack of modeling skills and this was the only way to stay in the game.

May 7, 2018

I could have answered a couple of technical questions a little better. I don't necessarily think I lost the job based on these answers but would feel more confident if I had answered them better. I think the email may come of as a hail mary, maybe I will hold off and see how it plays out.

May 7, 2018

If I were you I'd go halfway with what you suggested and email them with all of the work you've put in but leave off the attachment. From their perspective, it could always be someone else's model and/or if it has errors in it, it'll just hurt you more.

I don't think you're going to hurt anything by sending them a "I'm still very interested in this position and I've been working hard to make sure I'm ready to hit the ground running by taking X course and Y class to further strengthen my skillset." email. I think it shows initiative.

May 7, 2018

I would try to stop thinking about the possibility of receiving an offer from this company. You will or you won't and there isn't much you can do to make them go faster. Attempting to bluff to say you have an offer could work, however, if they know someone from that company, they could ask them about you and who knows where that would leave you.

May 7, 2018

Not entirely sure what you mean by brand new role but if this is for a banking role, I have not seen it. I could see it happening for a newly created IT position or something along those lines.

May 7, 2018

Brand new I mean, the role was newly created within the B.B. to help grow another part of the teams business. There hasn't even been a training program completed yet- that's how new the role is .

May 7, 2018

Follow up.

May 7, 2018

Follow up now, for sure.

May 7, 2018

Thanks. Followed-up.

May 7, 2018

How did the follow up go for you?

May 7, 2018

Still reviewing candidates...will contact me next week. Usually I think this means they aren't interested because I feel like if a firm knows, they know, but we'll see.

May 7, 2018

Not ideal of course but don't let up. Recruiting agency could just be a refresh of an old post? Don't stop until you get a definite answer but keep being polite of course. I really hate it when recruiters play games like that.

if you like it then you shoulda put a banana on it

May 7, 2018

He? HR? lol

May 7, 2018
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May 7, 2018