Rejected at first, 3 weeks later recruiter is asking for onsite

Nov 26, 2019 27 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 today 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 27 Comments
  • I think so. They had a previous offer that didn’t go through.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Medtronic souljar
      OP
      Don’t know how it feels when you are not the first choice , rather back up 🤔
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Yes I agree. But you might want to swallow your ego if you really like this company. If you don’t care push for a reason on what changed and have your concerns directly addressed. Its not unreasonable to ask
      Nov 26, 2019
  • SAP
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    If they extended an offer to another candidate, who then backed out, keep in mind you're not their first pick and the entire team knows. I've seen a few situations where teams have shown noticable resentment towards second picks. Bad situation to be in. Imo, don't settle for second pick if it seems like the first pick fell through. If the position could be with another team, that's another story.
    Nov 26, 2019 7
    • Microsoft / Eng SwiftSocks
      Don’t be dramatic. No one cares if someone is “second pick.” By that logic, *anyone* who lands in this role would be set up for failure.
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Indeed IrDB03
      The OP clearly mentioned that he was 'rejected' after the 3rd round. That qualifies as a second pick.
      What doesn't qualify as a second pick is the interview process was paused/stopped because the position was filled without the candidates in the current pipeline being rejected.
      Any candidates who come in the pipeline after that is 'not compared' the same way.

      I have seen a couple of cases where second picks had to deal with resentments due to the natural (but non-existent) comparison with no fault of theirs. I would never want to be in such a position.

      Bigger question to have a look at in this case is the candidate got rejected in behavioural interview which makes the situation weird. How can someone conclude the behaviour of the candidate improved so much suddenly! Have to find out the real reason on whether you were the second pick and then take the call.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Carbon Black / Sales CzSR76
    They likely extended and offer to someone who accepted or they expected them to accept it but ultimately fell through. As a result they needed to re-interview existing/ known candidates.

    I would request a conversation with one of them and question why things change before you commit to taking time out of your day to come to their office. You’re in a position of more power where you can interview them as to why you should consider working their now.
    Nov 26, 2019 3
    • Carbon Black / Sales CzSR76
      If it was the behavior test that you “missed” they wouldn’t have called you back to continue moving forward.

      I’d be blunt with them that it’s a serious concern of yours without an explanation. I’d also be asking why is the position open? Is it growth, turnover, someone was fired or promoted?
      While the behavior is questionable it’s a chance to put you in the driver seat which at the very least could be fun for you to grill them.
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Carbon Black / Sales CzSR76
      I’m guessing you’re looking at Stryker. If it was the Gallup test that didn’t pass then they won’t call you back or give you a second chance for that entire group
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Boeing Love2Fly
    I wouldn’t call them out or try to make the situation awkward. They obviously messed up. That will put you in a better position when comes TC negotiation time.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Medtronic souljar
      OP
      I agree, I did not bring it up to keep things professional... it was definitely easy to get carried away with emotions and ask snooty questions
      Nov 26, 2019
    • What’s wrong with asking? You come off looking desperate to join this company
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Autodesk ded_inside
    I would not reapply, if it’s the same position. If you were not a good fit then, you’ll probably not be a good fit now. I usually don’t encourage flakey behavior from companies. If they had earlier said that they had found another candidate or that another team was interested etc., then maybe I would reconsider. It would still depend on the company.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Medtronic souljar
      OP
      It is the same position. This company uses another firm to do strength finding type behavioral interview. Candidates need to clear that one before being invited for on site. What I don’t know is if they had another candidate who did not accept offer or they could not find anyone who cleared behavioral interview
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Autodesk ded_inside
      You should just ask for clarifications and then turn them down. And provide feedback that you were turned off by the process. Companies need to know that candidates aren’t happy when they come up with bs processes.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • It is an onsite interview. If you are desperate about the company, give it a try. you can always move out later looking at the offer and the team. Don't drop an opportunity.
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • Microsoft lHcN54
    Depends on the company. From what I heard, sometimes if you did well on some parts, your resume will be forwarded to another team. So one team could reject you and another be interested to bring you onsite.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • BitGo XpoH71
    Theres always a bigger fish. Why be mad about it.
    Nov 26, 2019 1
    • Medtronic souljar
      OP
      Agree , do you recommend letting past go and face on site as if nothing happened?
      Nov 26, 2019
  • New fnIy15
    Hard to say, I interviewed for a couple teams at a company. After the first interview they clearly communicated that they would really like to hire me. They just needed to find the right manager for me. Maybe it's the same but in your case they suck at communications?
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • PayPal NcLm65
    Which company is it
    Nov 26, 2019 0

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