I have been searching for a new job for about three months. I had a fantastic interview about a month ago with a place that I really, really would like to work for. It all went very well. But they seem to move incredibly slowly when it comes to this kind of thing. I've communicated with them since then, and the selection/hiring process is moving along as it ought to be. They're just taking their sweet time. Meanwhile, I've gone through the entire process of two other companies, one of which is going to give me the final interview next week and (assuming all goes well) make me an offer. A very good and attractive offer, too, one that would be a big step forward for my career.
I really want to work for the first place. They have the environment that I want, the culture that I want to be a part of, and some fringe benefits that I can't get many other places. But I can't just blow off every other opportunity and assume they're going to give me the job. I followed up with them once again today, and they simply said:
I should be able to give you more information next week. Thanks!
They're genuinely not trying to be rude or impolite. But how I can impress upon them that I actually need an answer without being rude, impolite, or improper in return? I already mentioned in an email to them two weeks ago that I had to know because I was pursuing other opportunities:
I just wanted to follow up on the position that I interviewed for two weeks ago. I've got a couple other applications and interviews in the works, so the status of your position greatly affects how I move forward at this point.
I'm not sure what to do in this situation. I'm about 80-90% certain that if I just wait it out they will offer me the job. But I can't just stop looking and shoot down other potential opportunities without the certainty. What else can I do? I really want to say something along the lines of, "Look, I genuinely want to work for you, but I can't wait around forever and you're about to lose me." But obviously I can't, and I wouldn't want to deliver that kind of threat/ultimatum to them since they're not just another option or a leverage point for me; they're where I'd like to end up, if all goes right in the world.
I've got nothin'.