Rejected after behavioral interview, recruiter reached out after 3 weeks

Nov 26, 2019 19 Comments

Need help to understand how to handle this situation. I had a phone interview with recruiter and HM and both went excellent. Then I was asked to do behavioral interview with third party. After that interview, recruiter told me that i am not a good fit.

3 weeks after that, recruiter reached out to me asking if I am willing to come for onsite interview.

Is this a red flag or they had someone in mind but it did not work out ?

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TOP 19 Comments
  • American Express gandalf$$
    Wth. Who would outsource behavioral interviews to a third party? I would run away just based on that op.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Medtronic Medtronic
      OP
      Seems like someone sold them really good on that . I was thinking the same . But they said this process has worked for them so far
      Nov 26, 2019
    • American Express gandalf$$
      Culture fit isn’t something you can outsource, unless their culture is super shitty.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Amazon Elastic BS
    Usually companies won't outright reject you if they are waiting on a response from an offer.

    If you still like the company, I don't see why you shouldn't do the onsite if you have the time. Worst case you get some practice, best case you get an offer.
    Nov 26, 2019 1
    • Medtronic Medtronic
      OP
      This is good approach. There is nothing to lose by doing on site
      Nov 26, 2019
  • New h0r4y
    What's their reason for inviting you back even after rejecting you?

    Sounds like the company is desperate for people. Think twice before joining them. They already made a presumption that you won't be a good fit. They will be prejudice against you once you start working for them.
    Nov 26, 2019 1
    • Medtronic Medtronic
      OP
      I didn’t ask recruiter about what changed. If they are prejudiced, why would they pay for on site flight and hotel stay ? Any thoughts?
      Nov 26, 2019
  • New iplaw
    Maybe it’s recognition that behavioral is bullshit and they liked you otherwise, so they are going to get a feel for your personality first hand during the onsite.

    Don’t be elitist or a prick during the onsite and you’re good. Show them you’re a good fit.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Tesla / Eng 🐉⛈
    Maybe the recruiter mixed you up with someone else.
    Nov 26, 2019 4
    • Medtronic Medtronic
      OP
      That is unlikely as I reached out to recruiter via phone next day I was rejected. She explained me politely that I did not do well on behavioral interview
      Nov 26, 2019
    • New iplaw
      Why was your behavioral so bad? Are you not a team player, are you a jerk, did your ego not fit in the room, are you reclusive, ... take some time to be introspective and reflective.
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Medtronic Medtronic
      OP
      Their response was that I am not aggressive enough, lol seems like I used the word ‘Team’ too much
      Nov 26, 2019
    • New iplaw
      Medtronic is quite team oriented, maybe it rubbed off on you. 😂
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Broadridge / Eng sartorius
    It is time for your to give them a behavior interview and find out whether or not you're a good fit.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Medtronic Medtronic
    OP
    They use third party to identify if candidate has behavioral traits they are looking for. I was told it is pretty much black and white and HM cannot override third party assessment
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Uber
    cool-int

    Uber

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    I coach people for behavioural interviews at high tech companies like Amazon, FB, Pinterest etc.
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    DM for behavioural coaching. I can help!
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • American Express gandalf$$
      Can you dm me
      Nov 26, 2019
    • New h0r4y
      Can you dm me too?
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Fastmail Lynx007
    Tell the recruiter that its a very bad “behavior” to ghost and then surprise outta nowhere to judge u on behavioral grounds !
    Nov 26, 2019 0

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