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Boss told me to stop interviewing. Is this a good sign?

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Sharimara Wed 10-May-17 18:13:44

I interviewed 4 days ago for a position in a council I've worked previously. I have the skills and experience to do the job and have good answers in the interview but so could everyone else. The interview went well with the interviewers seeming to enjoy the conversation.

There's 15 positions going, with 30 people being interviewed over three weeks. I have been told I will find out the outcome in two weeks time as they want a chance to look at all the applicants and allocate the roles/ see where they feel people's skills will fit.

I have an interview next week and I was discussing it with my old boss (who is close friends with two people from the interview panel). I explained that I much preferred to work in his council but as it's going to be two weeks I need to keep looking in case it's a no and I have wasted time. He then laughed and told me that there was no point going to anymore interviews. I said why and he joked that he was 'psychic' and then said 'no in all seriousness I've a very good feeling you have been successful' so just wait for the result and don't interview for now.

I don't know if he's discussed me to his friends on the panel but if he has I'm likely to have got the job as he knows what a good worker I am.

I hate interviewing and desperately want a job and to be able to stop. Does this seem promising? Or would you carry on looking in case it's a no?

I'm so used to rejection I find it hard to believe I could be successful.

booloobalooloo Wed 10-May-17 18:15:38

It seems promising but until you gave heard formally I would keep looking. People change their minds.

DillyDilly Wed 10-May-17 18:15:40

Carry on until you have a definite job offer.

Sharimara Wed 10-May-17 18:17:54

Thanks everyone.

I'm very used to rejection and don't get worked up but I really feel I've a decent chance and it's hard not to analyse.

bigchris Wed 10-May-17 18:18:34

Yes be careful of putting all your eggs in one basket for now

MatildaTheCat Wed 10-May-17 18:42:36

Whilst you very likely have been successful don't absolutely rely on it. I once got a wink and a 'don't worry too much about it' in a similar situation and later found I hadn't got the job. I was gutted.

Good luck.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 10-May-17 18:45:11

You have nothing to lose by trying elsewhere until you are offered something. It seems a bit hasty to stop the search because someone hinted at something.

GeekyWombat Wed 10-May-17 18:45:29

I'd go to the other interview. Better two offers than none!

happypoobum Wed 10-May-17 18:45:44

Absolutely keep interviewing.

I was in this position once and cancelled an interview, only to find that funding for the whole project I had applied to work on had been suddenly withdrawn , so the jobs disappeared entirely.

Good luck.

AyeAmarok Wed 10-May-17 18:47:24

Go to the interview. Definitely.

loaferloveforyou Wed 10-May-17 18:49:20

My boss said something similar to me and I never got the job.

Keep your options open

TestingTestingWonTooFree Wed 10-May-17 18:50:05

Go to the other interview. It's good experience, it'd be good to have a choice of job if you get it, you might be able to negotiate terms if you have another option (although more likely in private sector).

Sharimara Wed 10-May-17 19:32:34

Does it seem likely I've got the job? I want to know if I've been personally recommended but don't want to ask my boss directly!

Emison Wed 10-May-17 21:30:53

I'm afraid I'm another person saying to go to your other interviews. A few years ago my husband had an interview for a job he was already covering. He was told it was just to go through the motions and the job was his. Guess what....he didn't get it. As it turned out he got a promotion a few months later but it still hurt at the time. I think unless you have it in writing then ,sadly, nothing can be confirmed.

jo10000 Wed 10-May-17 22:02:52

The council will have to score your answers so even the interviewers won't know who's successful until everyone's been interviewed and the scores added up. Hopefully you'll be at the top but keep interviewing just in case.

dangerrabbit Wed 10-May-17 22:06:39

This happened to me in a council role and I got shortlisted but was unsuccessful. Keep applying to keep options open but it does sound positive...

harderandharder2breathe Wed 10-May-17 22:09:53

Keep in

harderandharder2breathe Wed 10-May-17 22:11:09

Keep interviewing

If you get this job then great, you've wasted a couple of hours interviewing for another one

If you don't get this job and you haven't been interviewing elsewhere you might've missed out on a great opportunity.

8misskitty8 Wed 10-May-17 22:24:14

Keep interviewing until you have been told about the other job.
Councils use a strictly point system for interviews.
I went for a teaching job vacancy last year. I was 2nd, didn't get it by 1 point.
Also interviewed was one of their asn/classroom assistants who had worked in the school for a few years and was qualified and also another person who had been covering the job temporarily for 3mths. Neither of them got the job either. So I had got more points than them as I was 2nd choice. Job went to someone not connected to the school.

Being know to the council/department helps to get an interview but at interview it comes down to points. The interviews are still going on so I would keep my options open.

blueshoes Wed 10-May-17 22:44:04

Only after they put a ring on it.

Sharimara Wed 10-May-17 22:58:12

It's not a strictly
Point based system at this council. Answers are marked out of 1-6 but that's very subjective and even then the experience and cultural fit is given marks too.

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