I belive Netflix didn't want to proceed, just because I asked about a different role...

Microsoft 2h82hi763
Jul 19 26 Comments

This all was at the first stage of the process.

Applied at Netflix (while already talking to other places) and got a response from a recruiter saying they'd love to get in touch.

They called me, we had a good conversation, however the role they had in mind for me didn't initially resonate with me as much as the other roles I applied to there.

Told the recruiter that and they said they'd reach out to those other teams and get back to me. Recruiter then ghosted me for over a week and emailed me today saying they've gotten responses from teams and they wouldn't proceed with me at this time, but want to stay in touch down the line.

I have this feeling that this happened, because they hire only for specific roles and because I didn't just say yes the first time around. Could that have been the reason?

Another reason I can think of (because this actually happened to me recently) is that they didn't even hear back from those teams and they just said they did just so there'd be a reason. When this happened with another company, I pushed back and the recruiter eventually told me that was the only reason.

Kinda frustrated, this all seems kinda weird to me. What do you think?

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TOP 26 Comments
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Why would you do that? You shot your self in the foot.

    You should just apply for the job you want.
    Jul 19 11
    • Microsoft 2h82hi763
      OP
      I wouldn't have applied if the site mentioned any of the stuff the recruiter told me, haha.

      Also, I told her that it sounded interesting, but that one of the other two roles sounded more aligned with my preferences. I was open to chat about it regardless.

      Anyway, seems like they didn't like that 🙃
      Jul 19
    • Oath Atinlay2
      They DID get that, that’s the part you’re missing
      Jul 19
    • BMO / Data kPK6y3
      OP - people are hating a bit on you, I think it all makes sense what you’re saying. Sometimes it’s not clear from the job posting and the interview is for both sides to figure out if that’s a good fit. And it makes sense that you told them you feel like it’s not but you liked the other roles better.

      But the thing is that your specific recruiter might have not have impact on those other two roles. That’s what people are saying to you. It might be that other recruiters are responsible for hiring for those roles. Or it might be that hiring manager for that roles has more strict limitations on who they want to interview with. Or maybe they already found candidates for those roles that are really good and want to choose among those. There maybe many reasons why they didn’t get back to you. And surely, in a perfect world it would be nice for them to let you know and not just ghost you - but they’re busy and that happens all the time. Sucks, but just something you have to get over.

      And the reason why people say it’s your fault is because you knew for a fact this particular role was available and Netflix was considering you for it, and you didn’t know anything about other roles and they might have not been available for one or another reason. And then you said you’re not interested in the first one, which fully eliminated you from any consideration in case these other roles are unavailable to you. If you wouldn’t say anything and continue, maybe you’d have a shot.

      But then the question: would you even want that role? You said it’s not a good fit. So maybe you should think about it this way: you didn’t want them for this role, they didn’t want you for other roles ( or didn’t want to consider - not necessary because of your background - I already explained that part). And that’s okay.

      So what I usually would do in these cases: I’d say what you said ONLY if I’m absolutely sure I do not like this role and do not want to take it even if they give me an offer. If I know for a fact that I would reject them. Then, I can tell them it’s not a good fit for me and I’m interested in something else, taking the risk of them saying “No thanks we’re not interested in proceeding with you at this point.”

      Sorry that happened to you, and good luck!!!
      Jul 19
    • Microsoft 2h82hi763
      OP
      Thank you so much for your insightful and elaborate response.

      Those are great tips, I'll use this as an opportunity to learn and do differently the next time around. Thought I could be open to them like this, but makes sense to be a little more forward thinking next time.

      Thank you!
      Jul 19
    • BMO / Data kPK6y3
      Happy my response helped!!! Good luck on your search!!
      Jul 19
  • Netflix flixer
    Agree with Breakingbad. I think you did a right thing by being honest about the roles you are really interested in. Unfortunately looks like there wasn’t a mutual interest in a single role from both you and Netflix side. No worries. You can always find roles later that may come up.
    Jul 20 0
  • Apple gbio14
    It’s ok man, just try again
    Jul 19 0
  • New / Product blahhhhha
    Yeah probably. You fucked up
    Jul 19 5
    • Microsoft 2h82hi763
      OP
      Apparently. Kinda bs though.
      Jul 19
    • New / Product blahhhhha
      A recruiters job is to fill a specific role, its as much a sales job as any other. If you're not a lead why would they take the time? Most of them are not looking to build a network of talent, they are just pounding square pegs into round holes until one fits.
      Jul 19
    • Microsoft 2h82hi763
      OP
      The other two roles I suggested were specific roles that they posted and were looking to fill. Didn't ask for a general fit or something.

      I didn't even know what role she called me about as I applied to all 3.
      Jul 19
    • New / Product blahhhhha
      That she specifically posted or that netflix did?
      Jul 19
    • Microsoft 2h82hi763
      OP
      All 3 were on the Netflix career site.
      Jul 19
  • Netflix / Eng Breakinbad
    Typically the recruiter would pass your resume to the other positions' hiring managers. And maybe they don't see it as a good fit. It's two way street. No hard feelings.
    Jul 19 1
    • Netflix JqDN86
      This. Netflix hires for the position. The original hiring manager was interested and wanted to interview. The other hitting managers didn't for whatever reason.

      You didn't shoot yourself in the foot. Keep in touch with the recruiter and let him/her know if there is anything that pops up that you are interested in.
      Jul 20
  • thoughtbot / Design lucylew
    This is why I stopped f’ing with recruiters. They often don’t know what they’re talking about and are just hiring externally for commission. Had one steal 45% of my salary once.

    I have a few I know personally that are independent. My favorite one is knows everyone and is just dope at connecting people. Try to find one of those and look into their eyes to see if there’s s soul behind those Colgate smiles.

    Or just... Reach out to Directors personally. Initiative. I stopped putting cold applications long ago.
    Jul 19 0
  • Travelzoo deetcode
    Why don't you think what happened was what they said had happened: the HMs of the teams you're interested in aren't interested in you? Maybe they're looking for something specific that you don't have?
    Jul 19 1
    • Microsoft 2h82hi763
      OP
      Possibly, but usually whenever they reach out to you after you apply, they probably had shared the work with the team.

      Maybe it's all true though, just seemed a bit fishy.
      Jul 19
  • Netflix jdh6u8h-i8
    What were the differences between the initial role and the other roles you were more interested in?
    Jul 21 0

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