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I've been interviewing at 2 separate jobs this past month: (A) one is a small, mom-and-pop private practice that specializes in home visits and ALF visits. The other (B) a big, corporate company that has contracts with nursing homes around my state.

 

Last week, (B) was very quick setting up an interview in a hotel conference room, and the next day meeting a regional medical director.. I thought both went well.

 

Fast forward to this week: I emailed (B) on Monday about a status update on my candidacy and the national recruiter said she would follow up with the regional medical director.. (A) has basically offered me a job and we have a day of shadowing scheduled this week to see if I like it. However, I am interested in the corporate job for its benefits, opportunities for growth within the company, etc.. I'm on Day #2 after my email and still no word from (B)... Even after being fast-tracked though their interview process.

 

Is it safe to say (B) moved on? How do you all follow up after job interviews?

 

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There's lots of reasons you haven't heard from a large corporate entity, if I'm reading your post correctly.  I'm not saying they are ignoring you, but your urgency is not theirs.  Start calling.  Leave messages like this: I know you're there... pickup pickuppickup, ok, talk to you later...I was in the shower, thought I heard the phone ring...

That will pretty much seal the deal!

PS just call for a follow-up. My sense of humor is nonstandard.  Some time I'll tell you about the time a patient was late and I told the admin to tell her she better be on time.  

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I don’t think you should assume B has moved on. When you interviewed, did you ask for a decision timeline? My practice has been to call 24-48 hours after the date they’ve given me. Usually employers won’t ghost a candidate they took the time to interview. I’ve never not heard back after the follow up call, but sometimes it’s taken a couple days. Just saw you emailed... try calling. It’s harder to ignore a phone call than an email.

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Is it the EXPECTATION for the interviewee to follow up within the week? Honest question, never been on HR side of things. Like, if I don't call, does it tell them I wasn't interested myself?

 

FYI, this is my 3rd PA job I've interviewed for. My 1st two made it pretty obvious after the interview that I had the job and to call them back after thinking it over...(A) in this scenario kind of did the same as well. I always took it as if I didn't hear anything after a few days of following up even with a simple email, they moved on to someone else.

 

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I'm not with HR, but I don't think so. 

My last interview I was explicitly told that there would be no decision for two weeks. So I sent out my thank you cards and waited exactly 15 days before calling HR. They made me an offer on day 17.

If they tell you a date, I don't see the point in bugging them before that date unless you have a legitimate reason to contact them. If you have another offer in hand and that other place (job A, in your example) wants an answer, that's a great reason to call HR. Sometimes it speeds the process along if they know their choice candidate is considering another offer.

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Generally a "thank you" of some kind shortly after the interview. My recommendation after that is 1 call and 1 email about 2 weeks later. Large organization tend to move S-L-O-W and sometimes need a little prod. However making a pest out of yourself by calling and emailing over and over isn't going to win you any points.

I think my weirdest experience was being told I had a job. Nothing...total radio silence to calls and emails afterwards. 5 months later they said welcome aboard...send us this mountain of paperwork so we can start processing you. I really just laughed at them. Who sits around for 5 months waiting breathlessly for the phone to ring and THEN is still available?

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Which job do you want more? If it's B (which I assume it is, based on you not taking A immediately), then how long are you willing to wait? You can send an email letting them know you were offered another position, but prefer theirs and are waiting for a response.

As stated previously, the bigger the corporation, the less urgent their need typically is, and the slower they move.

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7 hours ago, greenmood said:
I'm not with HR, but I don't think so. 
My last interview I was explicitly told that there would be no decision for two weeks. So I sent out my thank you cards and waited exactly 15 days before calling HR. They made me an offer on day 17.
If they tell you a date, I don't see the point in bugging them before that date unless you have a legitimate reason to contact them. If you have another offer in hand and that other place (job A, in your example) wants an answer, that's a great reason to call HR. Sometimes it speeds the process along if they know their choice candidate is considering another offer.

Thanks.. (B) never gave me a timeline but with (A)'s offer, I will probably call (B) soon

UPDATE: I called (B) and got the job offer.. now it's decision time :p
 

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