Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

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Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:09 pm

I'd love anyone's take at what goes on behind the scenes after a screener :)

Had a screener with a firm a few weeks ago. They keep emailing me each week to say that they'll have an answer for me regarding the callback on X date (a specific date that's coming up about 4 weeks post-screener). They described what the callback would be like and said they looked forward to it, but I didn't get the official invite back for the callback then. I'm now approaching X date and I can't stop speculating and being nervous!!

Will the answer I get be positive (hey, we definitely want to schedule the callback) or negative (no thanks)? I know no one knows that answer, but anyone have any clue why a firm would take this long to give an answer to a simple, "will I get a callback," to which it should just say yes or no? It's not an offer... It's just lunch! Am I wrong in this view?

Thanks!!

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby 09042014 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:59 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I'd love anyone's take at what goes on behind the scenes after a screener :)

Had a screener with a firm a few weeks ago. They keep emailing me each week to say that they'll have an answer for me regarding the callback on X date (a specific date that's coming up about 4 weeks post-screener). They described what the callback would be like and said they looked forward to it, but I didn't get the official invite back for the callback then. I'm now approaching X date and I can't stop speculating and being nervous!!

Will the answer I get be positive (hey, we definitely want to schedule the callback) or negative (no thanks)? I know no one knows that answer, but anyone have any clue why a firm would take this long to give an answer to a simple, "will I get a callback," to which it should just say yes or no? It's not an offer... It's just lunch! Am I wrong in this view?

Thanks!!



This is pretty weird. Are you sure they didn't give you the callback already and you are just waiting to schedule it.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:00 pm

Yes, I am certain. It seems like they want to move forward with me but there's a delay in making an official statement or setting the 2nd interview to finalize it. They could just be stringing me along, I suppose... ?

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:43 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Yes, I am certain. It seems like they want to move forward with me but there's a delay in making an official statement or setting the 2nd interview to finalize it. They could just be stringing me along, I suppose... ?


I am in a very similar situation and am super super nervous as well! I wonder if someone who has had similar experience in the past can share whether it's a good thing or a bad thing please :) Good luck to you though!

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby 09042014 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:26 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Yes, I am certain. It seems like they want to move forward with me but there's a delay in making an official statement or setting the 2nd interview to finalize it. They could just be stringing me along, I suppose... ?


I am in a very similar situation and am super super nervous as well! I wonder if someone who has had similar experience in the past can share whether it's a good thing or a bad thing please :) Good luck to you though!


Sounds like they have some weird process set up that they are following, like having a hiring committee approve all CBs or something. I assume it's good news. If they don't like you, they don't lead you on.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:56 pm

I see, thanks a ton! Nice to hear some comforting information

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:25 pm

Good luck to you, other anon! Let me know it turns out!

And thank you, Desert Fox. Nice to hear that there may still be a chance for me and they aren't just getting my hopes up for the fun of it.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:07 am

Bad. Always bad.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby JamMasterJ » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:23 am

I may be reading this wrong, but are you sure they don't think they already scheduled the CB and wires simply got crossed?

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:26 am

JamMasterJ wrote:I may be reading this wrong, but are you sure they don't think they already scheduled the CB and wires simply got crossed?


That's what it sounded like to me too.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:38 am

Desert Fox wrote:
JamMasterJ wrote:I may be reading this wrong, but are you sure they don't think they already scheduled the CB and wires simply got crossed?


That's what it sounded like to me too.

Yup. Otherwise this is straight up bizarre.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:59 am

Just wanted to say that I really appreciated the examples of positives and negatives answers the firm could give you. You've really thought this through.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:18 am

dixiecupdrinking wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
JamMasterJ wrote:I may be reading this wrong, but are you sure they don't think they already scheduled the CB and wires simply got crossed?


That's what it sounded like to me too.

Yup. Otherwise this is straight up bizarre.


OP here. Yeah, it is a weird situation. I'm positive, though, that there hasn't been one requested or set up yet. Just constantly letting me know that they'll let me know whether I'm moving on to the next step by a certain date.

After thinking about it, it seems as if they're interested but need more approvals to ask me back for the callback, and can't guarantee those approvals. Which sucks. Nothing worse than having a chance but then it being blocked by factors out of your control.

I'll let everyone know what happens.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby enibs » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:17 pm

This is not weird at all, particularly if it's a smallish firm with a limited number of spots. You had a screener very early in the interviewing season. They're not going to decide whether to give you a call back until they've done enough screeners to assess where you stand in their applicant pool this year. But they want to keep you warm so that, if they decide to give you a callback, you'll think that they loved you all along. If they decide not to give you a callback, then they don't really care what you think of them. You'll know soon enough either way.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby A12345 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:09 am

enibs wrote:This is not weird at all, particularly if it's a smallish firm with a limited number of spots. You had a screener very early in the interviewing season. They're not going to decide whether to give you a call back until they've done enough screeners to assess where you stand in their applicant pool this year. But they want to keep you warm so that, if they decide to give you a callback, you'll think that they loved you all along. If they decide not to give you a callback, then they don't really care what you think of them. You'll know soon enough either way.


This is what has most likely happened.

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Re: Is a delay in getting a callback good or bad?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:27 am

So is it going to be just a matter of luck re: the quality of the other candidates they interview?




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