So without going into great detail, I've spent approximately 8 hrs of my time meeting about a potential "jump up" (as stated by the hiring manager) in my career, simple department change in the tech field. This began in late March/early April. I feel as though I was being groomed for a position yet to be posted, and I was correct.
To date I have spent at least one hour of nine individuals workdays in the pseudo-interview and formal interview process. The hiring manager was absent for the formal interview for medical reasons but encouraged me to attend regardless.
The interview had only a few red flags but I feel they were big ones: near total lack of concern for tech related questions, asked if I was on drugs (seriously, this wasnt provoked), asked my age to which I had no problem answering confidently though I am young.
All that said, after all these hours spent I haven't heard yes/no/we'll follow up/you did good/you did poorly... nothing whatsoever. The formal interview was just over one week ago.
I'd like to know, from an HR perspective, is this acceptable? i.e. questions you technically aren't allowed to ask, hiring manager being absent for interview, lengthy drawn-out process with no communication channels.