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If a company confirms that you have entered the second interview soon after the initial interview, but refuses to give you a confirmed date & time for the next interview, which is delayed for a full month, what does this usually mean? What would you do if this happened to you?

More details: A small-sized fin-tech start-up, the applied occupation is Data scientist.

Is a one-month (or longer) gap between first and second interviews very common in the data scientist interviewing process?

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    I've encountered this. They had to hire the guy to hire me first (but they didn't tell me that). Keep looking while you wait. Commented Jun 2, 2022 at 8:01

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I am the questioner, and recently I have found out the reason why this recruiter delayed my second interview for such a long period. The reason is just four letters "VISA".

Some start-up or small-sized companies are reluctant to provide visa support, despite the technical performances of the interviewees. To provide visa support will involve too many legal aspects, and will cost too much rather than to hire a local guy.

The recruiter felt hard to tell me the truth because I had already past the technical test, he didn't have another reason to fire me, so he delayed the second interview week by week, to let me quit this recruitment by myself.

I have to say, this recruiter really sucks. But this experience gave me a great lesson: TALK ABOUT YOUR VISA SUPPORT EVEN BEFORE THE FIRST MEETING.

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    That does suck indeed. Totally, totally unprofessional by this recruiter.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Jun 19, 2022 at 16:55
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    There are various entire industries that I am not allowed to work in because of my immigration status. But I still get recruiters sending me emails about potential jobs in them. I've become adept at reading a job description and figuring out whether I could even applying the first place.
    – Peter M
    Commented Jun 19, 2022 at 17:52
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what does this usually mean?

Could be a number of things.

  1. You are low on the priority list and they are front-loading more attractive candidates.
  2. They are disorganized and/or incompetent
  3. Something really important came up that stalled the interview process because everyone's hair is on fire.
  4. Rules or circumstances have changed and they are not sure yet that they want to fill the role.
  5. Etc.

Is a one-month (or longer) gap between first and second interviews very common in the data scientist interviewing process?

It's not unheard of but it's not a good sign. Interview process can stall for a variety of "good" reasons but the professional thing to do would be to communicate clearly with the candidate. Unfortunately, many companies do not behave very professionally in their recruiting process.

What would you do if this happened to you?

Assume that this will not go anywhere and keep looking. If you really like the opportunity keep waiting and ping them once every two weeks or so. If they come back with a second interview, you can go but I would ask about what happened here. Interviewing is a two way street: the company's behavior could be unprofessional or incompetent and you want to really know what's happening there before you proceed or even sign on.

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    6. Someone important went on vacation, then someone else important went on vacation ... Commented Jun 1, 2022 at 17:30
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    @MichaelMcFarlane this (kind of) happened to me while interviewing for the job I have now
    – Esther
    Commented Jun 1, 2022 at 19:32
  • @Esther bad luck! shouldn't they have planned to hand over before their holidays or whatever. Commented Dec 23, 2022 at 9:21

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