Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Hard to say if this is good or bad

As I mentioned before, I had a second round of interviews for a job that sounds interesting. Well, almost a month later, I finally heard something.

The headhunter told me today that he had good news and bad news. The good news is that I'm still in the running. The bad news is that they're still looking around to see if there's anyone they liked better.

I asked the headhunter what kind of feedback he got. Apparently, he was told that they liked me, but the HR staff felt I didn't ask them enough about their concerns. Okay, now I asked them about their concerns and challenges, but to what length was I supposed to go? I was under the impression that the main purpose of the meeting was for them to interview me--and each person took a turn, from the Receptionist to the Assistant Director, and it actually was a nice, if unusual, experience.

Anyhow, it seems that the high-ranking people I met (the CFO, the head of educational programs and a few other folks) thought I was good, but someone in HR has reservations. The icing on the cake is that the Assistant HR Director is literally brand new, so they can't rely (or shouldn't rely) too much on her, and at least one of the other staffers is someone the top folks have already told me they'd like to see gone. So to whom, exactly, are they listening?

The whole thing's a little bizarre. The reason I titled this Hard to say if this is good or bad is that the place seems a little odd in how they are handling this. So while the job is still of interest to me, if they let this sway them away from making me an offer, I may be better off.

Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait and see what happens.


paulintally said...

It sounds like a place you don't need to be. If they are confiding in an employee about "getting rid" of someone else, what does that say about their professionalism?

A BOY & HIS TOY said...

Good luck to you!! -Jason

Jess said...

Paul: Well, these were high-level folks, but you're right that they talked too much. Obviously, that's the first thing I'd have to correct. :)

Jason: Thank you!