Hey guys, so I'm going to go into a bit of detail explaining the background, because I think it matters.
I applied to a job with a great company that I was truly excited about. ~2 weeks later I get an email from a recruiter from them (not an external staffing agency recruiter) with a couple questions. I put alot of time into answering them well and reply within a few hours with an email. The next morning, I get a call from the recruiter and answer more questions on the phone. ~2 weeks later I get a call to schedule an on-site interview.
They make a mistake, forgetting to send me information about the exact details of the interview. I remind them the day before the interview, they apologize and send me the information.
I have been on ~5 interviews before this (since graduating) with a success rate of 2/5. I learned from previous mistakes, and I know I gave my best performance so far at this interview. I prepared for this interview well, unlike many past ones. I had three interviewers. Based on my own self assessment and from the person's mannerisms/language, I'd rate my performance as 8/10 with the first person, 9/10 with the second, and 7/10 with the third.
In other words, I'm fairly certain I didn't do/say anything that made me totally fail the interview. Also, several things happened by accident that I think have helped me. I did things in the past, that I had on my resume, that (at the time) I didn't think would help much for a science career, but for this particular job and this particular company, I think they demonstrated I have the same values, or share the same goal, as the company.
They give me a timeframe for when to hear back. The earliest part of the timeframe has not arrived yet.
The day after the interview, I decided to send a follow-up email to let them know I'm still interested. I could not find two of my interviewers' emails after searching for a while online (they didn't even have a LinkedIn account). I decided to just call the general company's phone number and see if they could give me the emails.
I get transferred to someone and the person offers to transfer me to one of my interviewer's secretaries to get her email, but suggests waiting until Monday because they may have left for the holidays already. Now here is where I made a slight mistake...
I may have come off as slightly rude when I didn't mean to be. I followed the advice and said, Nevermind then, I'll just call Monday. Thanks bye." and hung up. He was still speaking when I hung up...". I really didn't mean to come off as rude.
The person I spoke to, which I realized immediately after hanging up, was actually one of the two recruiters I interacted with (only to schedule the interview). I could tell by his voice, and he must have known who I was because I said I interviewed yesterday. I have never seen any of the recruiters in person by the way.
Within 30 seconds I get this email from my OTHER recruiter (not the one I just spoke to). This was the recruiter that did the initial phone screening questionnaire. The subject line was "Interview Status".
We sincerely appreciate your interest in applying and participating in the interview process for the job of Research Associate. We encourage you to continue to visit our Career web site and apply for positions that match your qualifications.
In the meantime, please accept our best wishes for continued success in your career endeavors.
(name of the recruiter)"
What do you guys make of this?