I recently attended two interviews with a company for a position that would develop my research skills. I was excited about the position as I have been with my current employer for four years and need a change. The interview process was quite disorganised, but they are a small company, and I met my potential new manager with who I had a good connection,, so I took it with a pinch of salt. At the end of the interview, I asked them what the next steps would be as I got the impression that they needed someone to start quite quickly. I told them in the interview that while I am contracted to a four week notice period, in reality, the handover is three months. Due to a governance change, it would feel disloyal to step down before November (the interview was at the end of July).
I didn't hear anything for a week, and then the Director reached out and offered me the position. I replied and said I need to think about my professional obligations for a couple of days. I went back to him on time, accepted the offer, stated my salary expectations, and said that I would submit my resignation if someone could confirm the salary. I also said that I did get the impression that you may need staff now and would it be possible for the team to wait until November (given workloads etc.). HR then contacted me and asked for my start date, to which I replied the 8th of November. They then said we have a senior management meeting and will be in touch with the next steps. Following the meeting, I received a curt email from the HR team (two women), forwarded (I think from my potential manager), thanking me for my expected start date and stating that their environment is face-paced and constantly changing. Their immediate needs are to have staff now. They then said can we ask that you contact us at the beginning of October, before handing your notice in, to discuss where we are in terms of workload?
I have replied, thanking them for the process and update and have said I will reach out at the start of October. Has anyone ever been in this situation before? At the same time, I wonder why they wouldn't just give me the contract if they wanted me to start later? This is the first time I have experienced this kind of behaviour. Did they assume that I would agree to start earlier than I said? Am not sure. Do I just forget it and assume it has been offered to another person?