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    KRyan
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    Can I get some advice from the consultants out there?  I just completed a series of interviews with a consulting firm, the final interview being a face-to-face at one of their sites.  They paid my way.  It seemed to go really well.  It has been a little while and I haven’t heard anything yet.  Can anyone here who works or has worked for a consulting firm give me an idea of how long this part can take?  I assume they have to do background checks and such.  I’m just starting to get a little bit nervous.  I don’t want to start bugging them.
    Any input appreciated.  Thanks!
    K

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    #161041

    GB
    Participant

    Each is different.
    As an Interviewee, I like to follow up with Companies after 1 week, just to maintain visibility.

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    #161042

    Brandon
    Participant

    I agee with HB. It shouldn’t take long, however, it may have nothing to do with you. They may have been recruiting pending a contract & are finishing that prior to making a commitment to you. Hang in there.

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    #161044

    Ryan
    Member

    Thanks for the advice!  I really liked them and it seemed to go very well.  I’m hoping that if they decide NOT to hire me after multiple interviews, they’d let me know that.  There was one company about 6 months ago that simply never made contact with me again!  They put me through a bunch of tests and case studies, and I made it all the way through what seemed like the last of end gaunlet (though they never did a face-to-face).  They sent a couple of e-mails asking when I’d be available.  I answered them, but in the second one I asked if they could let me know what my status was so I could plan ahead.  They never contacted me again.  I would hope that is not the norm.  sheesh.
    Anyway, thanks again!

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    #161045

    Brandon
    Participant

    There are some very poor “people practices” in our industry – pretty sad.

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    #161046

    Nu Karsmal
    Participant

    Here is the beauty of your situation:  companies that are too stupid to treat people appropriately following an interview AREN’T WHERE YOU WANT TO WORK ANYWAY!!  So, if you never hear from them, consider yourself to have dodged a bullet. 

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    #161047

    Ryan
    Member

    Nu,
    I definitely agree with you!  I heard some things about them after the fact that confirmed it.  I’ll let everyone know what happens with this current company.  they have ben thoroughly professional from the very beginning.  So I’m thinking its just taking longer to sort things out than usual.
    Thanks again.
    K

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    #161053

    Regression
    Participant

    Ryan,
    If they are going through your background check then consider that a positive signal. No company goes through the pain of background checks unless they have an interest. The time to get a response is often a function of HR x Manager interraction. Six Sigma consulting companies are notorious for having long cycle times with their internal processes :-). Good luck … and be careful of what you wish for: “Consulting” sounds more glamorous than what it appears to be.

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    #161055

    Ryan
    Member

    Regression,
    One of the reasons I applaud this company is that they were pretty up front about how “not glamorous” it was.  They didn’t say “this job sucks” or anything;).  But they told me how much travel there would be, etc.  and I don’t know for sure that they ARE doing background checks during this interval.  I was just guessing/assuming/hoping;).  Like I said, I’ll post when this is resolved…one way or the other.
    KR  

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    #161358

    GB
    Participant

    Ryan,
    Any word?

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    #161359

    Ryan
    Member

    HBGB,
    Yes.  Unfortunately the word was not good.  I am not sure I understand why they put me through 3 telephone interviews, including a technical screening, then paid my way to their HQ for a face-to-face (which was actually more like a series of case studies, role-playing, etc.), that I thought went extremely well, and then call back with a “we’ve decided not to move forward at this time.”  It makes it sound like “this guy looked good on paper, but we didn’t like the look of him,” which may be true:).  Though I think I’m a pretty good-looking guy;).  And I am a really good public speaker, which is why I thought I had done so well. 
    So its back to the drawing board.  Sheesh.
    Thanks for checking back in though!
    Ryan

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    #161363

    Brandon
    Participant

    Ryan, don’t forget my comment – it may have nothing to do with your abilities (or good looks). They may have had a contract pending that didn’t get accepted. They may have just been queuing some delivery personnel. Don’t get down about it.
    I heard the George Group (Accenture) is talking with the Navy now – based on their success with the Army. The demand will be there.

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    #161365

    Ryan
    Member

    Thanks Brandon,
    Appreciate the support!
    Ryan

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    #161367

    Chris Seider
    Participant

    Brandon gave good advice…..is this someone I know?…..
    Keep in mind if it was the GG as suggested by another post, they were acquired by Accenture (or at least announced quite recently) and that is probably affecting their decision timeline.
     

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    #161369

    Ryan
    Member

    C,
    I don’t think I am anyone you know.  And I never mentioned who the company was.  Someone else mentioned GG, not me.  But I appreciate the input.  I was starting to get a complex;).
    Ryan

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    #161401

    Steven Bonacorsi
    Member

    Hi KRyan,
    I have worked for a number of consulting firms and while I have seen some hire as fast as the same day – like when the federal space first got in the game and people got hired if they could speall 2 out of the 3 words “lean six sigma” but in most cases it is beween 1 and 2 weeks but usually not more than 3 weeks. Most do not do background or reference checks without first discussing an offer with you. I have seen people go on the hold pile as they await a new client proposal or engagement but they usually get beack to you in 1-2 weeks to let you know the situation and determine if your willing and able to wait before coming on board.
    Reaching out to the hiring manager to let them know that your still interested, liked the company, excited to discuss next steps and client fits may prompt a faster resonse.
    Best of luck to you in your search
    Steven Bonacorsi
    Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

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    #161411

    Ryan
    Member

    Thanks Steve,
    They ended up NOT hiring me.  I’m hitting the pavement this week to start the job hunt once again;).  But I’m steering clear of consulting companies for awhile. 
    I appreciate the input.
    Ryan   

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    #161471

    GB
    Participant

    Ryan,
    Don’t take their turn down personally…I know it’s hard not to, but as others have posted, there may be some behind-the-scenes root cause totally unrelated to you.
    Keep your chin up and count your interview as valuable experience for the next one.

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    #161476

    Stevo
    Member

    Ryan,
     
    You are getting a lot of support from the forum, however…..
     
    This is not said to be mean, but it may be you.  Something you’re saying or not saying, your mannerism, your inability to sell your past work or your future potential.
     
    Take a hard look at the process and see if there was something that did not go well (we usually know when those moments are) and correct it before the next round of interviews.
     
    If you can get feedback from the people that interviewed you, if they are honest it’s invaluable, but be prepared for something like “the other candidate was stronger” in that case push the envelope a little.
     
    Get an outsiders opinion on your interview strategy.  Someone brutally honest (I suggest Stan).
     
    I was in your shoes not long ago and if I was honest with myself – it was me.
     
    Stevo
     

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    #161481

    Ryan
    Member

    Thanks again H!  Stevo brings up a good point too though.  there were 5 of us at the interview, each going through a scheduled battery of assessments.  They told us at the beginning that we were not competing against eachother for one position, since there were several opportunities.  Anyway, I did have to wonder why they so aggressively kept me on the hook, passing the technical screening on the phone, and the other phone interviews, that were supposed to be methods to pick who to bring to the interview personally.  If I looked right to them throughout the screening process, and it came to a screaching halt after the face-to-face interview, it may well have had something to do with what happened in those few hours (I was only half-joking when I said maybe they didn’t like the way I looked.  I’m in good shape (6-2/195 pounds), and my wife tells me I’m OK to look at;).  I can speak well in front of a group.  It seemed to go really well.  The only thing I can guess is that they sensed my hesitation to the amount of travel (100%) involved.  I SAID my wife and I had decided it was worth pursuing.  But maybe I unconsciously sent a signal that I really loved my wife:).  Who knows?  but I will try to take it all as a learning experience into the next interview.
    Thanks again.
    Ken   

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