3 Job Interviews for the Same Job?

Updated on September 02, 2011
S.M. asks from Lakeside, CA
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This is more of an update than a question. We are headed into week three when it comes to waiting to find out about this job for my daughter. She received a text from the person doing the hiring saying she's still at the top of the list and will come in next week for a third interview with a senior attorney from the firm.

So for the question.. How long would you put your life on hold for a job? My daughter had to change her classes and ended up with 1 less class and that lost her the financial aid that would have been left over. Now she waits yet another weekend and maybe until the end of next week. I so want her to get this job!

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So What Happened?

I agree she should not be putting her life on hold. She can't change her classes back. That was just a calculated risk. Now she's free to work a full-time day job and if this one doesn't come through she is going to start looking. She knows that the family can't keep bailing her out and my husband would help, but won't do it without making everyone's lives miserable. It irks the heck out of me that she isn't still applying for other jobs. But she started working for one company and then because this lady from the job she wanted told her that if she got the 2nd interview that she would likely be hired on the spot, she declined that job after working one day. Now she feels foolish and doesn't want to be in that position again.

This job only pays 10 dollars per hour. But I do believe the contacts she'll make will be valuable to her and the firm is close to home which is good. If it doesn't work I'm trying to push her towards the pay by the day temp places at least until she gets her account built back up.

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answers from Washington DC on

I would change my schedule back so that I still got that Financial Aid. No "possibility of employment" would make me risk my FA.
3 interviews are often the norm... I certainly hope they pay well after all of this.

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answers from Houston on

It is okay to tell the interviewer that you are in limbo waiting to hear back, so long as they keep it professional.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

First of all Congrats to your daughter for making it this far. It is a competitive market right now and I truly would not "put all my eggs in one basket." For all you both know, the firm has 3 candidates coming in for their 3rd interview. I have been in HR and Recruiting for some time now and my advice to candidates is to apply for as many jobs as possible with as many companies as possible (ones you are interested in and qualified for, of course) lol. It's always better to be proactive when it comes to finding job opportunities. Plus, it helps if you can get more than one offer to consider or more than one employer interested in you. It gives you a bargaining tool! All The best.

P.S. I hope she gets it too, but definitely be proactive since there is no offer on the table at the moment.

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answers from Santa Barbara on

Three interviews isn't unusual at all, even for entry level. She should have multiple opportunities going at the same time though to maximize her chances of getting a job. I always advised my daughter not to put all her eggs in one basket. For her it came down to two offers at the same time and she had her first choice.

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answers from Redding on

Multiple interviews is not uncommon. At least not in my experience.
I went through three interviews for the job I have now. Fortunately, I was offered the position.
A position I had applied to just prior to that did not have the same outcome. Also three interviews. They narrowed things down to me and one other applicant. I had years worth of experience, but the other applicant had a degree in the field with zero job experience. The office manager wanted to hire me, but the projects manager wanted the other person. A degree was not a requirement of the job, but the project manager prevailed and hired a young person right out of college because he valued the industry education more than he valued someone who could perform the tactical aspects of the job. The other person's parents paid for his education and supported him while he went to school. He had never so much as worked at Burger King as a teenager. He had never had a job in his life. Never used an office computer or phone system. So....one never knows exactly what criteria will be more important to an employer.
I do HR where I work now and it's my advice never to put your life on hold for the possibility of a job offer. I'm all for thinking positive, but the fact is, if they are trying to decide between two people, there is a 50/50 chance they will choose you. There is also a 50/50 chance they won't.
Also, I was contacted by an employer who found out I was no longer working at a certain agency. They interviewed me. They even took me to a nice lunch to talk about further specifics. Had me into their office again.
It was obvious they wanted me.
Then the bomb. They did offer me the job, but said they would only pay minimum wage in spite of my solid history of making $16/hour. I'm glad I hadn't put my life on hold for that position when I soon got another one that paid $20/hour.
I also experienced a situation where I was offered a job and then at the last minute, to save money, the employer decided to try splitting the job duties between two established employees instead of adding a third to the payroll. Stuff like that happens.
I'm a single mom. There is no putting my life on hold when it comes to working and bringing money in.

I read your other post and I didn't respond, but I remember thinking it was a gamble to lose her financial aid for something that wasn't a sure thing. I think it may have been premature for her to change her school schedule PRIOR to being hired.
Hopefully she gets the job, but she should also be looking for others as well. The more you apply for, the better your chances.
I don't count on anything until I've signed on the dotted line.
That's just me.
Please be sure to let us know how it goes.

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answers from Biloxi on

It depends on the level of the position, the panel of candidates, and the firm's hiring policies, but three interviews is not unheard of. While most organization's decided after two, there were several that I have interviewed with in the past that went to three, and one to four, before the final decision was made.

It is stressful, and crazy making - but if she really wants the job, she just needs to stick with it.

I wish her luck.

God Bless

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answers from Portland on

I would not put my life on hold for a job. Is she able to pay for her classes without the financial aid? If not and she doesn't get the job what is her back up plan?

It's common to have several interviews before a large organization makes a decision. They probably had many applicants that appear to be good choices. There are so many variables amongst candidates. Getting the job depends on more than her abilities and skills.

I hope she gets the job AND the job turns out to be as wonderful as you are thinking it will be. She is taking a rather large chance.

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answers from Dallas on

We're in the same boat. Lots of levels of interviews for my hubby's HOPEFULLY new job. There was the computer interview, phone interview, interview w/boss in person, then interview with different groups of people (3 hours worth)...and then the final answer a week or so later.

I HATE THE WAITING. I feel your pain! It's stressful. But, keep the faith, and hopefully it'll work out!

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answers from Minneapolis on

Three interviews seems quite common now. The company wouldn't be taking up the senior attorney's time unless they felt your daughter was a very likely candidate. Tell her to hang in there!

I always advise people searching for jobs to have a "Plan B". You never know for sure that you have the job until you get an offer letter in hand.

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answers from Los Angeles on

2 or 3 interviews is the standard now even for entry level jobs. It sucks to wait but you have to do it. I hope she gets the job!

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answers from Washington DC on

I don't put my life on hold for a job.

Depending up on the company and the job? Yes, three or more interviews are done...different layers of management, the rest of the team...if she's interviewing with the senior attorney next week - that should be it. It's OKAY to ask.

She should NOT put her life on hold for a job. She needs to tell the potential employer that she has classes to take and what schedule will work for her not the other way around.

I've never had a potential employer text a candidate before. That's odd.




answers from San Francisco on

What does your daughter want? Is she looking at other possibilities? Hopefully not if she might have a few offers to consider.




answers from Albuquerque on

I wouldn't put my life on hold for any job. But three interviews is pretty typical. I just started a new job and talked to four different groups of people before they made the offer. I think your daughter needs to decide whether she wants to be a student or work full time. If she wants to work, then she should be looking at more than just one job.



answers from New York on

How long - maybe a few hours. I would not rearrange my schedule for a possible job.

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