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Strange process and when and how to ask for feedback

Post by avasarala » 19 Oct 2018, 03:12

Hi everyone,

I have been recently involved in a sort of entertaining duplicate selection process and I would like your advice on how to proceed. The story is a bit long so here I go:

I applied to both P3 and P4 positions for a similar profile. Just after two weeks (quite unusual for these processes!) I got two emails one right after the other where I was invited to take a first test (one for each position) to be completed before certain date a few days ahead. Each test contained 32 multiple-choice questions on abstract reasoning, numerical reasoning, critical reasoning and data interpretation. I did completed them with a very good score on both P3 and P4, as the results appeared right after finishing and submitting them. Well, it seems I did ok so two weeks later (unusual!) I was invited to a second round of tests, again for both P3 and P4 positions. This time the tests consisted of several situational judgment questions, less analytical than the previous tests, and a short essay on given case study. Obviously there were some differences between the P3 and P4 tests. I did not get the scores instantly as before, but I was confident I did ok on both. I must say that the two rounds of tests were quite fun and entertaining to do, specially the second tests both P3 and P4. I was then expecting a long wait..but surprise, just four weeks later I received two identical emails telling me I was shortlisted for a competence based interview (actually two interviews, one for each position!), as I had successfully met the testing and eligibility requirements, and that they would write me shortly to propose a date. So far, so good. After one week, I got a new email with the proposed interview date but for the P3 position, which I duly confirmed. No news on the date for the P4 interview, but I assumed these arrangement take some time so no problem with that (I did not ask anything at that point). As I had around 3 weeks before the P3 interview date, I started preparing it but then, out of the blue, I received an email a few days later telling me that the P3 position had to be cancelled due to budget constrains (bummer!), so no P3 interview (bummer again!).

I should say that the subject of that email was referring only to the P3 position vacancy number, so I did reply politely saying that I perfectly understood the situation and I thanked them in any case for the opportunity. At this point I had not yet received any further follow-up regarding the P4 position (supposedly I was also shorlisted for interview, as the other email said), so I decided to add a sentence on that same email asking some feedback (again very politely) regarding the P4 interview status. Well, I received no answer at al and no further feedback.

My question is that whether I should ask again about the status of that P4 interview replying to the original email thread (as it had the P4 reference on its subject), or just let it go. I know the P3 has been cancelled, but nothing about the P4..and no answer when I mentioned under the P3 thread (maybe I did wrongly asking there, I don't know). What do you suggest?

Aaaah these weird and obscure UN processes!

Thanks everyone!

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Re: Strange process and when and how to ask for feedback

Post by Sebastian » 19 Oct 2018, 07:45

Thanks for sharing. I would wait just a little longer and then gently follow-up on the P4 process.
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Re: Strange process and when and how to ask for feedback

Post by avasarala » 19 Oct 2018, 22:08

Hi Sebastian, thank you for the suggestion, I will do that and see if I manage to get some feedback. Even if that position is also cancelled, better to know it than being kept in a limbo.

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Re: Strange process and when and how to ask for feedback

Post by Sebastian » 03 Nov 2018, 08:20

avasarala wrote:
19 Oct 2018, 22:08
Hi Sebastian, thank you for the suggestion, I will do that and see if I manage to get some feedback. Even if that position is also cancelled, better to know it than being kept in a limbo.
Any news in the meantime? I heard the other day from a story about a recruitment process where the organisation refused to provide any feedback for about 9(!) months and then out of the blue did a follow-up with the candidate...
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Re: Strange process and when and how to ask for feedback

Post by avasarala » 04 Nov 2018, 18:58

Hi Sebastian,

Thanks for your message. Actually it's sort of funny, the same day I was about to write asking for feedback...I got an email confirming a date for the competence based interview. So far no cancelation, so let's see what happens. Any suggestions for a CBI? Thanks

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Re: Strange process and when and how to ask for feedback

Post by Sebastian » 04 Nov 2018, 19:24

avasarala wrote:
04 Nov 2018, 18:58
Hi Sebastian,

Thanks for your message. Actually it's sort of funny, the same day I was about to write asking for feedback...I got an email confirming a date for the competence based interview. So far no cancelation, so let's see what happens. Any suggestions for a CBI? Thanks
Great to hear & thanks for letting us know - we have a thread on CBI here:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=132 (feel free to add your question over there)

All the best & good luck!
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Re: Strange process and when and how to ask for feedback

Post by wlimiadyx » 09 Nov 2018, 05:03

Hi everyone,

Since we're talking about strange process, might as well dropping my curiosity here. I was wondering if our persistent email follow-ups (let's say every 3-4 weeks) would cost us the chance of being considered or rostered? What is the right cadence to ask for updates to the Recruitment team?

Thanks!
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Will

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