I had 5 interviews for a start up position in logistics for a large well known company. Made it all the way to the Sr.VP level for an interview. I heard from them weekly for 3 weeks then the e-mails and all communication stopped. I did the correct amount of follow up during the last 2 silent weeks and was not pushy. Just yesterday I received an e-mail with the starting line "We have decided to go with a different candidate" but with a "however" to follow. They asked me to consider taking a position (also startup) working for the person they hired into the position I was originally going for - for the same salary range the HR manager had already discussed with me (I was either too low to begin with or they located more salary $'s because they would like to try for both of us).
It would be a lower title but for the same pay range so I want to hear what they have to say. Those 2 silent weeks it seems were spent making the offer and clearing the other candidate but keeping me on hold just in case. Not a bad situation to be in though if they still feel strongly enough about me to ask that I be part of their organization. I would be moving from a Director title to a Manager title. I feel like I am now in a position to ask more in depth and direct questions considering the circumstances and want to hear what they have to say. For example:
- What is the position and the role description (then get it in writing)?
- When can I interview with the person who accepted the original position?
- Does the person who accepted the position know I also interviewed?
- What is the salary offer?
What should I ask instead of or in addition to these questions?