Hi, I had a phone interview scheduled today at 10.00AM. I waited and no one called. I called the company and they said that the manager was in an emergency meeting and re-scheduled it for 2.00PM the same day. I waited again at 2.00PM for the call, but still the call didnt come. I called again and the contact person was out of the office. I wonder if this a new way of telling that the position has been filled? Just wanted to know what all comments this would originate. Regards, Aparna
Originally posted by Aparna Sharma: Hi, I had a phone interview scheduled today at 10.00AM. I waited and no one called. I called the company and they said that the manager was in an emergency meeting and re-scheduled it for 2.00PM the same day. I waited again at 2.00PM for the call, but still the call didnt come. I called again and the contact person was out of the office. I wonder if this a new way of telling that the position has been filled? Just wanted to know what all comments this would originate. Regards, Aparna
Aparna, I've had a scheduled phone interview happen a couple days late. This may indicate something about the company or the manager, however. Or merely that HR scheduled the interview without telling the interviewer....
Joined: Mar 12, 2003
Yes Alfred, I guess thatz what happened here. Mantra seems to be 1. be patient and 2. dont call the company more than needed(only once). 3. go for a walk outside and meanwhile take out the trash. Cheers, Aparna
Joined: Apr 03, 2003
Hi, What if that candidate is about heading to homeless shelter?
Hi, I have experienced something worse. I am in the United States. I was informed by a head hunter that a telephone interview was scheduled. I should wait at the phone and pick up the phone at the first ring when the recruiting manager called me up. I waited and waited; but, my telephone did not ring at all. Half an hour later, I talked to the head hunter and he later on found out that the recruiting manager had a meeting and totally forgot about the telephone interview. Another telephone interview was scheduled the next day. The story repeated - my telephone did not ring at all. Half an hour later, I picked up my telephone to tell the head hunter what went on. The head hunter later on said that the recuring manager called me up about 15 minutes late (could not be!!! My telephone did not ring 15 minutes after the scheduled time!!) and my phone was busy - I was on the phone talking to the head hunter 30 minutes after the scheduled time!!! The head hunter told me that I should call the recruiting manager and apologize ( :roll: ). I did. It was a long distance call and I used telephone cards to make long distance calls. I politely explained that there was about 30 minutes left on my telephone card and if he (the recruiting manager) could call me if the conversation would take longer. He said 30 minutes would be fine and did not want to call me back. Nevertheless, time ran out on my phone card in the middle of the telephone interview . I think that I am fortunate. It would be misrable to work under that kind of manager. The company is in Pennsylvania. The name of the recruiting manager is Joe Wood.
I have had things happen like that. If the server's crash, or if the contract company tells you one week before delivery that they're going to be 2 months late, such meetings may be necessary. It may be a sign of their disorganization, and probably is, but may not be. I work in startups and we (and I) do occassionally have things like this happen. We're only human. --Mark
I had similar experience with a reputed DB company where I kept waiting since morning and they finally called in the afternoon. Mark, I fully agree that there may be contingencies but I sincerely expect that candidate should be updated and informed about rescheduling. It just takes 1 minute phone call ( HR or frontdesk operator can take care of this). It is basic courtsey
Joined: Mar 30, 2003
Originally posted by Matt Cao: Hi, What if that candidate is about heading to homeless shelter?
Well then he has to put up with anything. I've not been in a homeless shelter, but once I ended up sleeping in my car and showering at a truck stop for a couple days before the first paycheck came in. Because my funds would not stretch to enough for the cheapest hotel room...... It's an interesting experience......
I had a similar kind of experience.. A recruiter called up in the morning and told me that he has arranged an interview with the client (a very well known company in the telecom field) at 3.00 that afternoon. Actually he told me the managers name too. It was a very unexpected call for me and as I have a 3 year old kid I had to make an arrangement for his baby sitting. I asked my husband to work from home so that I will be free for the interview call. I waited and waited but never got a call. Next day I sent an email as the recruiter didn't give me his contact number except an email address.I got a reply stating he doesn't know anything about it and will get back to me,after which I never heard anything from him. I stay in the US. Thanks, Trupti
This situation happens all too often. I can understand chaos. I forget things. But I don't think I ever heard - sorry about the mixup. Go to work for one of these jerks and you cannot say you were not warned. Or better yet, the bum decides he's just going to flush you because he has no integrity.
A somewhat related incident happened to my friend. He was asked for an interview and after he showed up for the interview, 10 min. into it, the interviewer got the word from someone in the office that the job my friend was interviewing for was already filled. No apologies, nothing. My friend was asked to leave. I think engineers should form a union.