You interviewed for the job weeks ago, and you still haven't received a definitive answer – welcome to the world of corporate bureaucracy. Here are 10 reasons the interview process can take so darn long:
- Company protocols dictate that the team interview at least five candidates. Although you're the most qualified, interviews continue.
- The team is expecting a particular highly-qualified internal candidate to apply. But the internal candidate hasn't decided whether to apply.
- After defining the requirements for the job, the team started interviewing and a new project came up. They're rethinking the job specifications.
- Decisions simply move slowly at the company.
- Your hiring manager contracted mononucleosis just after your interview. He's convalescing at home.
- While all the candidates they've met have had the technical skills for the role, the hiring manager is, "just not feeling it."
- The CEO has decided to take a "special interest" in the role.
- The interview team is split - half of them loved you, the other half wish you the mumps. The hiring manager is trying to build consensus.
- The company is distracted with new and changing priorities, so they're not sure that hiring is the priority at the moment.
- They can't decide between you and another candidate. You've accepted another job.
Scott Singer is the President and Founder of Insider Career Strategies Resume Writing & Career Coaching, a firm dedicated to guiding job seekers and companies through the job search and hiring process. Insider Career Strategies provides resume writing, LinkedIn profile development, and career coaching services, including a free resume review. You can email Scott Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the website, www.insidercs.com.