My perseverance seemed like it was about to pay off...
Through a contact, I essentially nudged my way into an early interview process that consisted of multiple phone calls with the owner of a remote physics company and the HR dept head. There were no openings, but I insisted on the meetings in order to get my foot in the door. Fast-forward, and I was the first phone call when an opening did pop up. Another perfect opportunity to get a significant pay raise, work a hybrid remote schedule, and get exposure to new state of the art software/equipment. HR zoom interview went great. Asked to proceed to a zoom interview that consisted of the owner, HR head, regional manager, and department manager. Went great. Asked to do in-person interview with the doctors and meet the rest of the team. Went great. They even took me to lunch.
Only....I didn't get the job. They ultimately hired someone who had previously worked with them before. She found out about the opening and called them. They claim that they tried to hire both of us but couldn't find a reserve role for me that fit immediate needs and assured me that I'm number one on their short list. We'll see. But again....devastated.
I refuse to quit. I have another in-person interview this week with what could potentially be the best of the three. #GodsPlan.
Clinic is less than ten miles from home, higher pay, 4 days per week, potential to eventually work a day or two from home, state of the art software/hardware, and from what I gather it's a low key, low stress type of place. Fingers crossed.
Good luck! Recently went through my own “third time’s a charm” job search experience.
I work in the automotive world, but wanted to shift to the insurance side of my profession.
Interviewed for a position with a decent-sized insurance company, thought it went amazing after getting invited back for round three of interviews, but then got a rejection phone call with a sincere, “we’re really sorry, please keep an eye on our job openings” convo.
Got called a month later by the same company and same hiring manager, requesting I interview for a more-senior position in the same office. The job wasn’t even posted online, and they told me I was the only candidate… so that was their plan the whole time, knowing they’d have someone retiring in a month or so: they rejected me for one position to hire me for another.
BUT… during negotiations, I got bombarded with “HQ changed our salary structure, so you’ll start slightly below market average, but you’ll get bumped up above market average quickly after you do 5 weeks of training out of state and show good reruns over your first year.”
Now it was my turn to reject them, as their numbers for “market average” for the position were wayyyyyy off the begin with, so my first counter offer was met with a firm “we can’t get close to that.”
I thought fate was bringing me back to them, as I truly value their company and the way they do business. Much better front-line service, and they start from a moral perspective the big national companies don’t… but the salary, trying to support a young family with three kids going through Catholic schooling was a sticking point. I was crushed. My days would have been 150% less stressful working for them.
But then, because my name got out there, one of the true national big dogs got in touch and asked me to interview to be one of their regional guys. It went well, I got a great offer, and being with one of the biggest insurance companies in the country will obviously provide great benefits. PTO and work-from-home situation is worlds better than where I was, too.
I was devastated after missing out on not one, but two opportunities with my dream company… only to get an unexpected blessing and a third chance to move companies based on the effort.
Here’s to hoping this third one works out for you, brother!