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Will I get the position?

Postby HowardHiew » Mon, 10 Mar 2014 8:51 pm

I have a job interview in middle of Feb'14.
After 1 week of waiting, I did sent out an email to check on whether the position has been filled.
The interviewer replied me that I still stand a chance on it and they will notified me on the outcome after the selection.
Till now, job application portal of the company still showing "considering" status for my application.

Question:
Should I follow up with 2nd email? Will it be considered annoying?

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Postby Wd40 » Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:08 pm

Its impossible to predict. Applying for a job is a like the bid-ask matching process in a stock exchange. It completely depends on how many candidates have applied. How many are better than you. How many are better than you and asking for a salary lower than you.

I had applied for a job and had the interview one and half months back. One week later the HR told me that they are still interviewing other candidates and will let me know the outcome as soon as possible. I didnt hear from them for so long so I thought I am rejected.

Last Friday, I got call from the HR asking me if I was still considering the position, if offered. She said, there was some internal change and they were asked to select an internal candidate and then they tried but didnt find one and now they are contacting everyone whom they had interviewed. I said I am still available and then she replied she will update me in a week's time.

Its hard to say whether she is telling the truth or not. It could well be possible that they selected someone and that person accepted the offer but dropped out the last moment.

So you never know, it completely depends on how many people have applied for the position and what your standing is among them. Sometimes you are good, but they just think someone else is better.

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Postby HowardHiew » Tue, 11 Mar 2014 9:24 am

Really thanks for your reply, it did makes me feel better. :)

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Postby Beeroclock » Tue, 11 Mar 2014 9:39 am

Personally I would try a phone call instead of email. You have a better chance of getting some feedback and real understanding of where you stand. There is a risk of annoying them but if you approach it gently, I reckon it is small. There is also the positive side that it shows you care and are keen to get the position.

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Postby Mexikaner » Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38 am

I went for an interview a month ago. After two weeks I send a follow up email asking about the status of the position. I got a reply saying that my interview was really positive and well seen by everyone I talked to. However there wasn't a decision yet on the candidates, but that most likely I would hear from them the following week as they urgently needed to fill this position.

Two weeks after that still no word. Wondering If I should take it as a rejection and continue my search, or should I send a final email/call asking whether the position has been filled.

Sometimes I wonder if as a foreigner looking for a job, while having a job, is worse than looking for a job without having one...you know with all this 'anti-foreigner' sentiment going on...sigh
("un-employed SC's looking for job, here comes this employed FT wanting a new job")

:???: :shock:
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Postby Wd40 » Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:27 am

I know its hard. But the best approach is not to have too much expectations from any 1 interview. No matter how well you have done it. After finishing that interview just forget it and move on to the next one. Keep applying and keep upgrading your skills. That kind of keeps you motivated and occupied.

The worst thing to do is to wait and hope for a company to get back to you. I have had all kinds of experiences. I dont know why interviewers do this. During the interview process they are so nice to me, hardly ask me any tough questions and become very friendly as if they have already hired me. They have even asked me how soon can I join, giving me all kinds of false hopes. I really wonder why they do that. Then I ask my colleagues who have also applied for the same role and they too were treated the same way. Finally the job goes to somebody else.

I have also had cases where the interviewers are downright disrespectful. But in these cases, atleast you have no hopes as soon as the interview finishes and if they come back then its a bonus.

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Postby Sergei82 » Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:54 pm

Mexikaner wrote:Two weeks after that still no word. Wondering If I should take it as a rejection and continue my search, or should I send a final email/call asking whether the position has been filled.

I always continue my search up until the time my signature is on the contract/employment agreement. Safer, even if they're assuring me they've already decided to take me. Experience. :)

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Postby movingtospore » Wed, 12 Mar 2014 3:02 pm

And always try to maintain lots of contacts and keep some options open even when you have a job. 'Cause you never know!

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Postby Sergei82 » Wed, 12 Mar 2014 4:06 pm

Also don't sleep, don't eat, don't watch tv, always keep your interview skills at the top, forget about your wife and live like that until you are 65.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 12 Mar 2014 4:28 pm

So, Sergei, that means I can coast now that I'm nearing 67? :devil:

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Postby Wd40 » Wed, 12 Mar 2014 7:05 pm

Mexikaner wrote:I went for an interview a month ago. After two weeks I send a follow up email asking about the status of the position. I got a reply saying that my interview was really positive and well seen by everyone I talked to. However there wasn't a decision yet on the candidates, but that most likely I would hear from them the following week as they urgently needed to fill this position.

Two weeks after that still no word. Wondering If I should take it as a rejection and continue my search, or should I send a final email/call asking whether the position has been filled.

Sometimes I wonder if as a foreigner looking for a job, while having a job, is worse than looking for a job without having one...you know with all this 'anti-foreigner' sentiment going on...sigh
("un-employed SC's looking for job, here comes this employed FT wanting a new job")

:???: :shock:


In my experience, in the Singapore market you are better off looking for a job, while you have a job. Singapore employers and recruiters are not mature like the UK or Australia employers. Here if you tell that you are about to lose your job or have lost your job, chances are you will be looked upon as if there is something wrong with you. Australia and UK have lots of contract jobs, some very short term so there its expected that in between contracts people will be jobless. Also there people like to make quick decisions, notice periods are short and many job ads require people to join immediately. Here in Singapore, employers are always pussy footing, going back and forth and positions get advertised and then they dont even fill them. In Singapore, I have never come across a company advertising a position as immediate or urgent.

I did the mistake once of updating my Linked In title as "Actively seeking new opportunities" I could sense the difference from recruiters calling me and telling me "So you are desperately looking for job now, huh?" and they didnt even forward my CV to the client. I changed the title back to normal.

My position will be made redundant very soon here and I have decided, that I am not going to stay here without a job for even one month, inspite of having good savings to tide over 6 months and a PEP visa, the recruiters and employers are ruthless.


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