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hopeless

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This board seems a little hit and miss for replies so I will throw this out there to see if anyone responds quickly.

I had an Interview with a company yesterday that has me kind of excited.  However the interview did no go quite as planned.  The interview was in a city 2+ hours away at 8:30am, so I went the night before and stayed local to the interview.  With Winter driving and weather I wasn't willing to take the chance of being late or missing it due to snow.  I arrived downtown about 7:30 for the interview, went grabbed a coffee and reviewed The Best Interview Preparation Tool You’ll Ever Use 

At 8:15 I signed in at reception and waited for the HR person who I was to be meeting with first.  I think the interview went well.  As we were wrapping things up the lady from HR made reference that the IT department was crazy busy which sometimes meant they were a little slow to move on things but if I were to find myself getting a 2nd or 3rd interview somewhere else to lease give her a call and she would try to get IT to move along a little faster.  Question 1- Am I safe to assume things went well with the HR person based around this comment?

Phase two of the interview was to be with an IT technical person.  He is not the manager but appears to be the SR Person/Supervisor that I would potentially report to.  Unfortunately there were some serious systems issues/failures that came up and we could not meet.  My heart sank,  The HR person was deeply apologetic and sincerely seemed to feel bad.  I offered to wait around for a bit in case things were not as bad as they seemed.  So I went down to Starbucks and waited for HR to call me back.  20 minutes or so later HR called and confirmed the technical person was not sure how long they were going to be dealing with the emergency.   They suggested a Skype interview with the technical person in the next 24 hours and again continually apologized for this happening.  I offered to come back to meet the person face to face, stating that the travel was no big deal and I would rather make a second trip than risk not gaining this opportunity as HR has really sold me on the company.  This took the HR person back a bit but she assured me that doing the interview via Skype would not work against me.  Question 2 - Was I wrong to suggest coming back?  Was in offensive of me to suggest I would rather put my best foot forward face to face rather than over a video conference? 

at 12:15 I got an email from the technical person apologizing profusely for what has happened.  He stated they were still knee deep in the problem and he would get back with HR and get the Skype conference scheduled.  I replied to his email stating there was no need to apologize that I have been in similar positions in the past and it is the Nature of IT that servicing our users has to be first priority.

So my Rapid fire questions.
  • Does anyone think this might be a blow off, that I screwed up the HR meeting and this is a blow off. 
  • I am going to send my thank you Email to the HR person but I am struggling with content as the key part of the interview did not happen.  Any advice on tack to take?  Should I wait for her to schedule the Skype meeting first?
  • Would it be out of line to send a connection request to the Tech person on LinkedIn?
  • Any advice on how to turn this into a positive for me?


I am sorry this is so detailed.  I just figured the more information out there the better my chances of people giving an accurate assessment.  As well I am hoping that by putting it all down on paper (so to speak) it may help me be a little more objective.
Amanda Haddaway

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Based on your description of the situation, there aren't any red flags that go up for me. I used to work for an IT consulting company and I have been that recruiter apologizing for the tech person not being able to interview.

It sounds like the company is still committed to interviewing you once things calm down, so that's a good thing. In your thank you note to HR, I would try to make light of the situation and mention that you are excited about the fast-paced nature of the business and you look forward to continuing the interview process.

I would probably wait to connect with the IT person on LinkedIn until after the interview (or even after you know if the position is being offered to you). It may be a little premature to do this at this stage and you don't want to come across as pushy.

Good luck on your upcoming Skype interview!
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Amanda;

Thank you for taking the time to reply, it really means allot to me.  
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Hi Hopeless,

I'm a CAREEREALISM Career Expert, and I agree with Amanda. It sounds like a typical company fire alarm, and unfortunately your interview was lost in the fray. 

I would follow-up with the recruiter, and provide a few dates/times you are available for a Skype call. Be cautious, however, not to be too pushy. It's important to read in between the lines. It appears their preference is to pursue a Skype interview vs in-person, and you want to show your agreeable side.

Finally, I don't think anything needs to be turned around. It sounds like the interview went well and they are genuinely interested in your candidacy! Continue to show interest, but also practice patience. A recruiter that feels bad will go the extra mile to make up for a bad experience. Remember, its your job to sell the recruiter and also the recruiters job to sell you on the company!

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hopeless

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Thanks Michael!


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First off the advice provided both here on the forum and on the Careerealism site is proving to be invaluable.   I have more calls in past week than previous 2 months. So thank you.  Now I just need to close the deal.

My Skype interview went okay.  I personally did not like it as it was far less personal than sitting down 1 on 1 with someone.  There just seemed to lack the flow and connection being built.  But it obviously went well enough as I was asked to go into their office today for a face to face.  I can only assume that he felt similar but at least good enough about it to warrant a sit down.

The interview went well and I was feeling pretty good about it.  Then in the last few minutes I was thrown for a loop.  The interviewer asked what I see in this job as my experience is greater than what he was expecting.  In fact my experience is greater than his.  I answered as honestly as I could and am really not to sure how well I handled it.  The IT recruiter I am using (not for this position) actually said the opposite to me, saying that I was under qualified for many of the jobs I was looking at even though I was experienced.  This is a result of taking some lesser jobs so that I was closer to home and around for my wife and kids.

So my question is, should I bring this up in my Thank You letter to the interviewer?  Or am I better off leaving it with the attitude that if I blew it, I blew it and that is it.



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