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agrodude  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:44:50 PM(UTC)
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I was contacted for an interview, and it been a week. The SO is waiting to hear back from the other applicants before they schedule the interview dates. I have heard nothing back, expect the SO will contact me to schedule after they hear from the applicants. Is this normal?

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:54:07 PM(UTC)
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I was contacted for an interview, and it been a week. The SO is waiting to hear back from the other applicants before they schedule the interview dates. I have not heard nothing back, expect the SO will contact me to schedule after they hear from the applicants. Is this normal?
Sounds familiar... I seem to recall a very similar situation and then they emailed me in the afternoon and asked if I would be available for a phone interview THE NEXT MORNING AT 9 AM!!!

Be prepared.
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I was contacted for an interview, and it been a week. The SO is waiting to hear back from the other applicants before they schedule the interview dates. I have not heard nothing back, expect the SO will contact me to schedule after they hear from the applicants. Is this normal?
Sounds familiar... I seem to recall a very similar situation and then they emailed me in the afternoon and asked if I would be available for a phone interview THE NEXT MORNING AT 9 AM!!!

Be prepared.



Same thing has happened to me as well. My experience is they generally give a weeks notice when scheduling.

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 15, 2019 12:39:04 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: agrodude Go to Quoted Post
I was contacted for an interview, and it been a week. The SO is waiting to hear back from the other applicants before they schedule the interview dates. I have not heard nothing back, expect the SO will contact me to schedule after they hear from the applicants. Is this normal?


It's frustrating but completely normal. It can be almost impossible to coordinate the schedules of 3-5 people to make them all available for an interview at the same time, even a phone interview. Add to this that they all need to review the resume/package and it's not uncommon for it to take 4-5 weeks before the team can be on the same page.

Hang in there, it will happen if it's meant to.

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Thank you all for the feedback,

1. Why would the SO send out an email stating they would like to schedule an interview, without reviewing the resume first?

2. Wouldn't it make more sense to review first, then contact who you want to interview?

Its funny one of the SO wanted the contact information for my current supervisor. I am super close with my current supervisor. He is like a father to me. I know the SO never contacted him, but I emailed the SO. Since the position doesn't have an interview, and the score solely based on my resume and supervisory feedback. The SO said he was able to get ahold of my current supervisor...liar liar pants on fire. What happens if I get official letter on government letterhead from my supervisor say he was never contacted and email it to HR?

I should probably clarify, the job with an interview is for another position.

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Originally Posted by: agrodude Go to Quoted Post
Thank you all for the feedback,

1. Why would the SO send out an email stating they would like to schedule an interview, without reviewing the resume first?

2. Wouldn't it make more sense to review first, then contact who you want to interview?

Its funny one of the SO wanted the contact information for my current supervisor. I am super close with my current supervisor. He is like a father to me. I know the SO never contacted him, but I emailed the SO. Since the position doesn't have an interview, and the score solely based on my resume and supervisory feedback. The SO said he was able to get ahold of my current supervisor...liar liar pants on fire. What happens if I get official letter on government letterhead from my supervisor say he was never contacted and email it to HR?

I should probably clarify, the job with an interview is for another position.


The SO does review the resumes and creates a list of potential interviewees before scheduling the interviews. The rest of the panel usually doesn't see the resumes until the interviews are set.

As for the other position, what do you think the letter would accomplish? There's no requirement to contact former supervisors. There's really no requirement to read resumes either. The SO could select one at random from the stack of eligibles, scan it to make sure it meets the minimum requirements of the announcement, and make the selection. The SO may have been lying or may have mistaken you for another candidate. It is easily explained away. If you weren't selected, your letter isn't going to change the selection and may sour your chances for future positions there.

I once had a candidate who applied for several positions in my office but wasn't selected. He filed a FOIA request thinking he was blackballed because he had formerly worked there as a contractor. The truth is his qualifications just weren't as good as the other applicants in each case. Even after the FOIA request I tried to evaluate him with an unbiased eye, but if it had come down to him and another candidate I would have selected the other guy because I don't want to invite that kind of drama into my office.
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I guess it's like what davinci said, they contacted one supervisor which has nothing to do with the job. I am surprised they never contacted my other current supervisor which is related to the job.
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Thank you all for the wonderful feedbacks
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#9 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2019 5:22:43 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: agrodude Go to Quoted Post
I guess it's like what davinci said, they contacted one supervisor which has nothing to do with the job. I am surprised they never contacted my other current supervisor which is related to the job.
Your current supervisor is often taken with a grain of salt. They may talk you down so they don't lose you. They may talk you up to get rid of you. Or they may be honest. No idea unless I already know them (in my series, it is pretty small...and if I don't know the supervisor, I know someone who does, which does help some). So...the previous supervisors are more useful. The question I usually ask is "Would you hire them again and why?" The answer often tells me everything I need to know about the person.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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I guess it's like what davinci said, they contacted one supervisor which has nothing to do with the job. I am surprised they never contacted my other current supervisor which is related to the job.
Your current supervisor is often taken with a grain of salt. They may talk you down so they don't lose you. They may talk you up to get rid of you. Or they may be honest. No idea unless I already know them (in my series, it is pretty small...and if I don't know the supervisor, I know someone who does, which does help some). So...the previous supervisors are more useful. The question I usually ask is "Would you hire them again and why?" The answer often tells me everything I need to know about the person.




Thank you for your wonderful feedback. I share the same perspective. The weird thing they just wanted current supervisor. They are both my current supervisors, but how would a supervisor I volunteer for go with a question would you hire them again?

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#11 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2019 1:40:49 PM(UTC)
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...they emailed me in the afternoon and asked if I would be available for a phone interview THE NEXT MORNING AT 9 AM!!!
My experience is they generally give a weeks notice when scheduling.
Generally, yes. But like I say, be prepared.

Keep in mind, often it is a panel interview and they're trying to find a time when several people can be all be available at the same time for an extended time, since most likely they'll do a few interviews in a row. That's why it can sometimes be a little hectic.

Oh I just read @Endless Summer's post and they said about the same thing.

So it must be true :)

Edited by user Friday, May 17, 2019 1:42:32 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Somebody else said the same thing but I saw it after I posted

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