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Old 12-20-2005, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default A Question for the job interview experts...

How long does a company USUALLY take to get back to somebody for a second interview after you've gone in for the first interview?

Reason I ask, I had a job interview back at the beginning of the month basically doing the same thing im doing now in a better location, and making more money. The interview went really well, I was there for about 3 hours interviewing with different personnell of the company. The main guy I was in contact with told me they probably wouldent be making anybody offers until the end of January.

Its been 1.5 weeks and haven't heard anything, I sent my thank you email at the beginning of the week and still havent heard anything (figuring like a your welcome kind of thing). I'm getting a little worried, im pretty much ready to bite the bullet and assume that they didnt think I was a right fit and just keep on looking.

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Old 12-20-2005, 08:13 PM   #2
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well since they said they wont be making a decision until the end of jan...with the holiday upon us...id say you should get a call between the 2nd and 6th...thats if the people who need to interview you again arent on vacation...but to the original question...no more than 2 weeks id say
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:13 PM   #3
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It took one company so long to get back to me that I initially forgot I ever talked with them. Ive never gotten a response to a thank you email, so dont worry there. Since its right before the holidays, people may be on vacation and such. If you are super worried about it do you know if the place will be doing business on say the 28th? if so give a call then and just say who you are and that you were just curious if any progress has been made. If you can stand to, I personally would wait till january, 4th or 5th timeframe. They did say end of january. So its not like theyre jerking you around. But remember, squeaky wheel gets the grease, so call enough to show desire without being annoying. And always keep looking, you actually look more appealing to a company if they know your talking with several companies. That is my advice....it should also be noted that I have been out of school with no job for 7 months.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:27 PM   #4
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2-4 weeks seems to be normal, but December slows it all down.

You would think managers would bust there butts to get help, but most seem to fail to make manpower the top priority. I have seen a good handful lose their approved requisitions for failing to act in a timely manner, then the whole team is screwed.

If they are decent folks you will hear back one way or another. Unfortunatly, they may never contact you again. If they said end of January, call them around February 5.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:29 PM   #5
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When do they expect to fill the position? Usually 2 weeks... 3 at the very most.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:32 PM   #6
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I'm going to a fourth interview tomorrow after the course of 3 weeks... you may experience frustration, which [I think] is normal. Good luck, by the way!
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:34 PM   #7
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I'm going to a fourth interview tomorrow after the course of 3 weeks... you may experience frustration, which [I think] is normal. Good luck, by the way!
4th interview...dang!...id tell them make a decision and quit wasting my time...and then not get the job
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:34 PM   #8
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Well first I wouldnt call them and ask them about it...because i have had people do that and it gets annoying, But if you are going to send a thank you letter make sure that it is a formal letter other known as a follow up that is on print, not email.

If you presented well and have a good background in the job you will be a shoe-in, when I interview people during the holidays i always let them know that it will be at least a week after until we make our decision, so stick in there
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:38 PM   #9
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1) Handwrite said letter/note

2) How do you negotiate a higher wage/salary???? That's what I want to know.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:55 PM   #10
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1) Handwrite said letter/note

2) How do you negotiate a higher wage/salary???? That's what I want to know.
Do not try and negotiate until they make an offer. Most recruiters will have something in their pocket expecting you to negotiate. Some put out their best offer at the very beginning, these people tend to be open about their position.

Integrity counts: Do not lie about your salary or bonus, be prepared, and even offer, to provide evidence of earnings.

A decent offer for changing companies is 15-20%. 10% is not unheard of, more than 20% means either you are paid crap now, or the recruiter thinks you rock.

Make sure they offer as much vacation as you have earned at your current employer. Try and negotiate to keep the same amount of vacation. If you are mid-career (10 or more years of experience) and have three weeks of vacation, you should try really hard to keep three weeks. Trying to get four weeks of vacation is not likely unless they really, really, really want you bad. If you have three weeks, and they will not match, they might not be flexible people, consider if you want to work for people that are inflexible.

If they will not match your vacation, try and negotiate an extra weeks pay in base.

Compare medical and dental plans and try and figure out how much you pay now, and how much you will pay. Negotiate the difference into your salary.

If you have a 401(k) match and they don't, try and negotiate that amount.

If you have stock options, or will recieve a bonus for 2005 corporate performance, use that to negotiate a sign on bonus.

Unless your boss and/or company is unbearable, be prepared to walk away.
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:10 PM   #11
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Never underestimate how much HR shuts down from thanksgiving to new years.

I would also fear that with new years and new budgets positions can go away pretty easily.

Good luck man!
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:15 PM   #12
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A decent offer for changing companies is 15-20%. 10% is not unheard of, more than 20% means either you are paid crap now, or the recruiter thinks you rock.
most of my interviews have been a dollar or more lower than the job i had or been laid off from

i can only laugh...because anything else is useless
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:26 PM   #13
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You gotta realize when the opportunities or stepping stones present themselves. Prepare, then act on them. ...and please believe ,me, I am no expert. Not even close...
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:33 PM   #14
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most of my interviews have been a dollar or more lower than the job i had or been laid off from
When you are not employed, you can't negotiate. It is truly sad that many, many people find themselves in this situation: My former company laid off 40,000 people in two years. My current company has let go 6,000 in the last year.
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:49 PM   #15
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When you are not employed, you can't negotiate. It is truly sad that many, many people find themselves in this situation: My former company laid off 40,000 people in two years. My current company has let go 6,000 in the last year.
well its more the type of job that demands the price theyre willing to pay
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:55 PM   #16
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I'm going to a fourth interview tomorrow after the course of 3 weeks... you may experience frustration, which [I think] is normal. Good luck, by the way!
4th? ***?
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:57 PM   #17
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A decent offer for changing companies is 15-20%. 10% is not unheard of, more than 20% means either you are paid crap now, or the recruiter thinks you rock.
I'm getting about 8% for my move coming up in January.

BUT...

The job is compelling, it's a "ground floor" opportunity, and the benefits are better. I have no problems making the move for relatively little increase.
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