My first date with HR went very well. We really connected. It felt more like talking to an old friend than a superficial session where I run through my resume hoping that I would get a job. At the end, I received a warm handshake along with a guarantee that I would receive a call back by the end of the week. Indeed, HR told me that unlike other HR he would follow up regardless of whether it was a yes or a no.
Two weeks later and I haven’t received anything. I followed up with an email and a call on Monday. Nothing. I called again and again on Thursday. Nothing.
Now I’m reliving the interview in my head wondering if somehow I misheard HR’s words. Maybe he meant by the end of the month that he would call. Maybe he is out of town on vacation. Maybe he saw my number on the caller ID one too many times and thinks I’m desperate. Maybe he wasn’t that into me.
Confused, I sit and stare at the phone, jumping each time it vibrates, hoping the email comes with a, “Dear Mr. unHRable, sorry for the delay,” versus “Dear Applicant…we will keep your resume on file.” At this point, I will take either. A negative response is better than no response.
First, they say they want you
How they really need you
Suddenly you find you’re out there
Walking in a storm
When they know they have you
Then they really have you
Nothing you can do or say
You’ve got to leave, just get away
We all know the song
Love on the Rocks