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    What should you do if you get a job offer but still haven’t heard back from your first choice after interview? And you can’t get in contact with the first choice. They always let you know even if you’re unsuccessful so unless you get a rejection email, you can’t second guess what their decision is.

    Would it also be reasonable to ask to meet with your potential new boss just to have a chat and make sure it’s the right job?
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    What should you do if you get a job offer but still haven’t heard back from your first choice after interview? And you can’t get in contact with the first choice. They always let you know even if you’re unsuccessful so unless you get a rejection email, you can’t second guess what their decision is.

    Would it also be reasonable to ask to meet with your potential new boss just to have a chat and make sure it’s the right job?
    Whichever option you feel best handling and they'll let you do eg

    Ask to defer the decision for some reason - away for a few days, anything that means you are 100% engaged in something else.

    Tell them the truth and see what they say

    Accept and the renege if you get the second offer.


    There's absolutely nothing unusual about this situation, job hunters always apply for jobs in parallel and not sequentially. Thus the options and the risks all round are nothing unusual for the employer or the candidate.
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    Whichever option you feel best handling and they'll let you do eg

    Ask to defer the decision for some reason - away for a few days, anything that means you are 100% engaged in something else.

    Tell them the truth and see what they say

    Accept and the renege if you get the second offer.


    There's absolutely nothing unusual about this situation, job hunters always apply for jobs in parallel and not sequentially. Thus the options and the risks all round are nothing unusual for the employer or the candidate.
    Is the third option acceptable? Could it get you blacklisted?
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    Is the third option acceptable? Could it get you blacklisted?
    No you can't get 'blacklisted' - you won't be applying for another job for at least 2 years, by which time everyone will have moved on - and that's only if you apply to exactly the same team as before. Organisations don't keep job application data forever.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    No you can't get 'blacklisted' - you won't be applying for another job for at least 2 years, by which time everyone will have moved on - and that's only if you apply to exactly the same team as before. Organisations don't keep job application data forever.
    Can you still withdraw after signing a contract? Obviously you can try delaying signing the contract but you can only do that for so long.
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    How long has it been? Usually they'll let you have time to think about the offer and it typically doesn't take long to pick the best candidate so you should only need a day or two to hear back from your first choice unless they offered it to someone else and are waiting for them to accept/reject..
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    Can you still withdraw after signing a contract? Obviously you can try delaying signing the contract but you can only do that for so long.
    You are usually posted the contract through the normal post. That means you can delay 2 days for the postal service, 2 days for reading and signing, and that probably includes a weekend, so there's another 2 days. They aren't likely to chase for a week or so.
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    What should you do if you get a job offer but still haven’t heard back from your first choice after interview? And you can’t get in contact with the first choice. They always let you know even if you’re unsuccessful so unless you get a rejection email, you can’t second guess what their decision is.

    Would it also be reasonable to ask to meet with your potential new boss just to have a chat and make sure it’s the right job?
    Ask for some time to decide on the offer, and see what they say? You could even explain the full situation to them if you think they'll be understanding; I know of someone who did this and was able to keep the job offer in waiting for a while as a result, though naturally that won't work in every case.

    How long has it been since your first choice interview? And when did you get the offer from the second role?
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    (Original post by Student-95)
    How long has it been? Usually they'll let you have time to think about the offer and it typically doesn't take long to pick the best candidate so you should only need a day or two to hear back from your first choice unless they offered it to someone else and are waiting for them to accept/reject..
    I called hr of my first choice and they said the hiring manager hasn’t updated the status from under consideration but all managers do. I emailed the manager and had no response so I don’t know if I should take that to mean I was unsuccessful.
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    Ask for some time to decide on the offer, and see what they say? You could even explain the full situation to them if you think they'll be understanding; I know of someone who did this and was able to keep the job offer in waiting for a while as a result, though naturally that won't work in every case.

    How long has it been since your first choice interview? And when did you get the offer from the second role?
    It’s been 3 weeks since first choice interview. HR, who I spoke to on the phone, said it’s the hiring managers responsibility to update my application status and that currently it’s still showing as under consideration. I emailed the hiring manager but had no response. The second role has given me 14 days from yesterday.
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    It’s been 3 weeks since first choice interview. HR, who I spoke to on the phone, said it’s the hiring managers responsibility to update my application status and that currently it’s still showing as under consideration. I emailed the hiring manager but had no response. The second role has given me 14 days from yesterday.
    14 days is a good amount of time for the first role to get back to you in - I'd personally say make sure you're considering whether you'd be happy in the second role in this time too, however.

    Did the first choice one give any indication about the time frame for a response, in your initial interview?
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    14 days is a good amount of time for the first role to get back to you in - I'd personally say make sure you're considering whether you'd be happy in the second role in this time too, however.

    Did the first choice one give any indication about the time frame for a response, in your initial interview?
    All they said is that I’d hear after the last interview which was 2 Fridays ago I think.
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    All they said is that I’d hear after the last interview which was 2 Fridays ago I think.
    14 days is a solid block of time for them to get back to you, but I'd suggest getting in touch with the second role and explaining the situation if you still haven't heard from your first choice, and you're still leaning towards it once the deadline starts approaching.
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    It’s been 3 weeks since first choice interview. HR, who I spoke to on the phone, said it’s the hiring managers responsibility to update my application status and that currently it’s still showing as under consideration. I emailed the hiring manager but had no response. The second role has given me 14 days from yesterday.
    3 weeks is a very long time. I would be very surprised if you were successful. Even if you were, personally I would question any company that left me waiting for 3+ weeks
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    (Original post by Student-95)
    3 weeks is a very long time. I would be very surprised if you were successful. Even if you were, personally I would question any company that left me waiting for 3+ weeks
    I wouldn’t question it because this company has very slow HR processes. It took around a month for me to get invited to interview after I submitted my application.
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    I wouldn’t question it because this company has very slow HR processes. It took around a month for me to get invited to interview after I submitted my application.
    That's normal though. Companies will often have a period of collecting applications before they make a shortlist for interviews. If the interview is the final stage then you shouldn't be waiting over a month to hear back.
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    (Original post by Student-95)
    That's normal though. Companies will often have a period of collecting applications before they make a shortlist for interviews. If the interview is the final stage then you shouldn't be waiting over a month to hear back.
    You do In public sector recruitment. Public sector recruitment is painfully slow and I know people who have had offers months after their interview.
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    (Original post by Student-95)
    3 weeks is a very long time. I would be very surprised if you were successful. Even if you were, personally I would question any company that left me waiting for 3+ weeks
    I'd add a counter to this that it took me 3 weeks to hear back for my current role, and I've had a very good experience with the company so far, so I wouldn't dismiss a job outright on this basis, personally!
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    I'd add a counter to this that it took me 3 weeks to hear back for my current role, and I've had a very good experience with the company so far, so I wouldn't dismiss a job outright on this basis, personally!
    Interesting. Thanks for the insight. Is it a large company? Long waiting times seems to be common in large companies.
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    Interesting. Thanks for the insight. Is it a large company? Long waiting times seems to be common in large companies.
    It is a large company yeah - I would agree that it's more common for longer waits with large companies :yep:
 
 
 
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