I have noticed that it is taking forever for clients to make a decision on a candidate. The candidate might be the right fit, but they have to think about it. The economy is so slow companies know they can wait, and the candidate will most likely still be out there.

I was speaking with one of those candidates, and he forwarded me a clip from a letter he rec’d from a company after his interview. You won’t believe it!

"Dear Mr. Engineer,
With some luck, the interviewing process should be completed in 2 years. After the interviewing process is completed, we will require 6 months to evaluate the responses from the 20 people you met and give you an answer promptly thereafter. Be advised that we will not discount the fact that more interviews may be necessary to fully evaluate your credentials. As a convenience, we have set up a web site for the purposes of keeping the information organized and accessible. Certain confidential parts of this site will, of course, not be viewable by you, the applicant, but you will be able to monitor how many of the interviewers have responded positively or negatively. Be further advised that the number of positive responses versus negative responses will not necessarily be the deciding factor in our decision. We appreciate your interest in us and wish you the best."

I thought this letter was a joke because it is so laughable, but the engineer says it is real. Maybe it was a typo, instead of 2 years, maybe they meant 2 months??? Thank goodness they give a prompt answer after evaluating for 6 months!

On a side note, I have noticed that the job orders have picked up tremendously this month. I am enjoying the busy pace, but let’s see if the interviews and offers follow.

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Comment by Greg Inguagiato on September 15, 2009 at 11:49am
Unbelieveable (but sadly believeable); here we make it a rule to provide some type of meaningful feedback within 24/48 hours after an interview with the hiring manager. It's a standard that we uphold. All candidates deserve tactful, en pointe feedback. Greg Inguagiato.

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