does airbnb reject by phone?

Twitter rIIK65
Jul 31 29 Comments

anyone been dinged by airbnb over the phone?

had my onsite a week ago. not great, not a trainwreck - its a hypercompetitive opening so want to stay even-keeled and keep my expectations realistic.

my recruiter emailed and wants to schedule a call with me in 2 days to catch up. that feels like an eternity so im trying to read the tea leaves so im prepared if its a rejection.

i know other companies call to reject candidates, have experienced this myself, but i read somewhere that airbnb’s policy was to reject candidates by email and then invite them to call back if they want to receive feedback. if so thats brilliant.

i get the theoretical courtesy behind a call, but id much rather get the bad news over email first.

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Robinhood Nsksndjxia
    Catch up? If he/she said catch up, it probably is either an offer, or they don’t know yet and just wanted to sync up on how you’re feeling
    Jul 31 2
    • Twitter rIIK65
      OP
      yeah, my recruiter emailed and said she’s looking forward to catching up. i don’t want to make too much about the wording though, she skews enthusiastic
      Jul 31
    • Airbnb NotAnAlly
      Exact wording I had. Congrats 😊
      Jul 31
  • Twitter rIIK65
    OP
    Update - I was not turned down. The recruiter just wanted to provide a status update and walk me through next steps.
    Aug 2 1
    • Uber rage_quit
      What would next steps be after an on site if not an offer or reject
      Aug 2
  • New / Eng
    Tqvw28

    New Eng

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    Metromile
    Tqvw28more
    I was rejected over the phone from Airbnb after an email to “discuss next steps” last month
    Jul 31 3
    • TrueCar / Eng Twhh78
      That’s purposefully rude.
      Jul 31
    • New / Eng
      Tqvw28

      New Eng

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      Metromile
      Tqvw28more
      The guy was very sincere over the phone. I think they want to make a good impression. This was not a good strategy.
      Jul 31
    • Twitter rIIK65
      OP
      agreed, not a very nice head fake, intentional or not. sorry new / eng
      Aug 1
  • Twitter rIIK65
    OP
    Yeah, I was wondering about that. My on-site was half a day — the HM + people this role would be closely working with — but no core value questions. Is that unusual?
    Aug 1 2
    • Airbnb YdSR51
      Highly unusual
      Aug 2
    • Airbnb / Mktg Jonny555
      Doubt it’s an offer if you haven’t been through core values interviews. My understanding is they are required
      Aug 2
  • Zulily qkEl11
    Yes, they do. I got a call after the in-house loop to tell me I was not getting an offer. Candidate experience in Airbnb is the best I’ve come across.
    Jul 31 0
  • New galo
    I got this from the recruiter after the onsite:
    "I received an update from the team! Are you free to chat tomorrow?"
    I was sure it was going to be a rejection, but it turned out to be an offer. Don't read too much into it, it doesn't carry info.
    Jul 31 3
    • Twitter rIIK65
      OP
      thanks for the feedback. pretty sure this call isn’t an offer since i haven’t done the cultural fit interviews. aren’t those mandatory?

      in any case, good to know they reject over the phone and that at this point, i can’t rule out any outcome (much as i’d like to)
      Aug 1
    • Kaiser Permanente QqOm60
      That subject screams offer
      Aug 1
    • Airbnb liFu43
      Did you an on-site without core values interviews?
      Aug 1
  • Twitter rIIK65
    OP
    Well, I never did get a follow up interview email or call to set up more interviews. Instead, the recruiter pinged me a couple days ago, said she had an update, we just talked, and...it’s a rejection. Trying to take it in stride but I wish they hadn’t outlined next steps in great detail three weeks ago and all but guaranteed that I was still in the running, then kept me in the dark for weeks, and then this.
    Aug 21 2
    • Lyft !lyft
      Happens. Sorry to know that. I agree. Recruiters should not say "next steps" if there are no next steps.
      Aug 21
    • Lockheed Martin / R&D Schz3
      Bummer. I think the recruiter handled it poorly too.

      I am wondering if maybe you were there Plan B and they wanted to be able to move quickly if plan A didn’t work out. We will never know for sure. They give you any encouragement like “apply again in the future”?
      Aug 21
  • Lockheed Martin / Other
    Schz3

    Lockheed Martin Other

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    industrialoptic
    Schz3more
    They must have a policy to engage people verbally, rather than in writing. They can’t call you cold during working hours because how do you take it if you are at work, so they ask you to set up a time.
    Aug 3 1
    • Bloomberg wnuJ08
      But 2 days i think is just being inconsiderate especially given airbnb is pretty good with fast updates
      Aug 3
  • Bloomberg wnuJ08
    That is mega messed up, why wouldnt they directly update you on the result right away? 2 days can really mess with ppl’s heads. At the end of the day, the result is what candidates care about. My airbnb recruiter gave me updates via email the moment he found out. I had onsite, followup onsite and eventually an offer. They should value my time and my mental health
    Aug 3 0
  • Lockheed Martin / Other
    Schz3

    Lockheed Martin Other

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    industrialoptic
    Schz3more
    Second round, maybe submittal of bgi materials
    Aug 2 0
  • Lyft ccxdr
    In my experience if recruiter says "discuss feedback" then it's a know. "Next steps" then offer or more interviewees.
    Anything else then I don't know.
    Aug 1 0
  • Always be prepared for rejection.
    Jul 31 0
  • Lockheed Martin / Other
    Schz3

    Lockheed Martin Other

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    industrialoptic
    Schz3more
    Jeez. It will be what it will be. Just live your life and don’t be attached to getting it OR losing it.
    Jul 31 0
  • Uber rage_quit
    Probably you are a backup plan pending other interviews so they are keeping you around. If they were offering I can’t see why they would scheduled the call for two days out...
    Jul 31 0
  • Oracle / Eng loloj
    Yes
    Jul 31 0

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