I finished my fourth / last round of interview for an internship and was told from round 1 that there would be four interviews given that I do well in each round.

After the last interview, I followed up to my HR rep who then told me that they I was selected to be set up with another dev for another interview. I was puzzled because they told me there would be four, but I set up another time anyways. I was then emailed about 20 minutes later that they forgot I just finished my fourth one (they thought I just finished my third one), and that I am done with the process and should just wait for a decision the next week.


HR forgot that I finished four rounds and instead thought I only finished three and tried setting me up for a fourth after hearing back from my fourth interviewer.

Am I in a good position? I'm asking because I figured the only reason why I would try to be set up with another developer after the 4th round is because my last (4th) interviewer thought I should move on to the next round. I know this seems really petty, but is there any other reason why what happened might have happened?

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    Someone just messed up. – paparazzo Apr 7 '16 at 2:06
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    There's nothing to see here. Someone in HR messed up, you're now just waiting for a decision. There's no hidden agenda, just an HR mixup. – Jane S Apr 7 '16 at 3:08
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    I'm not exactly sure whether your "move on" means "move on to the next interview" or "move on to another opportunity." However, based on your "given that I do well in each round" HR wouldn't have thought you were up for round 4 if your last interviewer didn't like you. Sit tight and wait for the decision. – BobRodes Apr 7 '16 at 3:26

Short answer: Take it all at face value.

This just reads as a pure HR mixup, nothing more, nothing less. There's nothing to see here, just someone made a mistake then corrected it when it came to light.

I wouldn't read anything further into it. Just wait for the outcome and with luck you should know in a few days time. Good luck.


You are neither in a better or worth position than just after finishing the 4th round.

There is no secret 5th round.

It would be a bad policy and unnecessarily dishonest towards you. Furthermore, with 4 rounds of interviews they should have enough information to choose the best suited candidate, especially for an internship.

Error happens, even during recruitment.

  • I think you might have misinterpreted the question; I know there's no secret 5th round, but I'm saying that if they really thought I just finished the third round and not the fourth and I didn't do well, then they would not have wanted to set me up for the fourth round. As in, my last interviewer must've thought I did well enough to move on to tell my HR rep to set me up for another round? – user3613290 Apr 7 '16 at 1:47
  • How many round of interview have you finished? I suggest you modify the question as it appears you finished the 4 round of interviews already. – Bougret Apr 7 '16 at 1:49
  • My first sentence states that I finished four. I'll add a little summary to make it more clear, thanks – user3613290 Apr 7 '16 at 1:52
  • "thought I just finished the third round and not the fourth and I didn't do well" Does it means you went to the fourth round but did not finish it? – Bougret Apr 7 '16 at 1:53
  • No, I finished all four. HR rep forgot that this interview was my fourth, and thought it was my third. They tried setting me up for a fourth after hearing back from my fourth interviewer (I think this means I did well on the fourth) and soon realized their mistake, telling me that I am actually done with the process and should just wait now – user3613290 Apr 7 '16 at 1:55

HR made a blunder, thats all.

What that means for your chances is uncertain, and also irrelevant.

Just wait it out.

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