Since you are unemployed, take the offer on the table. A hard offer is better than a wishy-washy maybe. You are obviously not a priority to them.
You can worry about moving up once you have a job, but right now, having employment is better than a definite possibility of a firm maybe.
They're just there to find potential earns by placing candidates. Not to chat, or be your friend, or anything else. For information on trends or anything else a search engine would give you much more information.
Would an apology email be too much?
That's a difficult question to answer since none of us are this person trying to call you.
That said, it's somewhat typical for recruiters to have to play a bit of "phone tag" with candidates, especially since recruiters are typically calling candidates during normal working hours, and many candidates are working current ...
Unless you can prove that you actually suffered substantial damages from this hearsay (which might or might not have originated from the recruiting firm) I don't think you have much of a legal case.
The recruiters are acting unprofessional by not respecting your wishes, but since they helped you get your job(s) in the first place it sounds very far-fetched ...
Speaking from personal experience as an interviewer, trust me when I say there is no malice or forethought in this question.
I normally ask this as an icebreaker, filler before ending the interview, or to gauge the time I have to process your application.
If you are uncomfortable divulging this information, then be vague.
Say you've been to 2 or 3 ...
It seems like he may truly be interested in interviewing you for the position. Something on your resume may have intrigued him enough to want a sit-down.
On the other hand, he may just be "blowing smoke". I'd be careful so that you don't end up without a job at either company.
You aren't necessarily being played. How would the recruiter benefit by deliberately stringing you along? However some recruiters are simply careless and/or incompetent. If you need a job, I wouldn't rely on that recruiter.
You need to be very careful. Not having interviewed with the first company:
you don't really know if they're a good fit for you.
they don't really know if you're a good fit for them.
Their hiring manager sounds desperate if he would be willing to "work something out on the fly" rather than give a proper interview which could lead to him hiring you, ...
It is not inappropriate. A recruiter can ask for lots of information including you to keep them in the loop about any developments you get in your job search.
It is also not inappropriate for you to keep this information to yourself should you choose.
They are mostly trying to find out whether you would really be a good fit for the company, and they are most likely willing to make a person who's a good fit an interesting offer that could at least start them thinking about changing jobs.
People with experience who aren't actively searching for a job aren't looking to escape any kind of trouble (...
Yes an email is too far.
I'm sure they are used to not getting an answer straight away, that's why we have voicemail.
As long as you are polite and apologise over the phone on return call. Remember they are paid to place you, you calling them back is a favour to them.
Assuming your professor has account on Linkedin, I would suggest to ask your professor to leave a public recommendation to your profile on the Linkedin. If you don't have one, you should definitely create one.
In such case potential recruiters wouldn't need to contact your professor since they would directly see his/her public reference.
The country manager asked you to keep him posted. Assuming you got the email from the country manager last Friday then I think waiting a week is sufficient. I'd reach out to the country manager via email this Friday and let them know that you haven't heard from the department manager yet.
"Just checking in as I haven't yet heard from the department manager. ...
why do they ask you to keep them informed of any offers received?:
They might be able to use it to speed the hiring process along. They can tell the people making decisions that if they don't hurry they might lose good candidates.
They might might be able to speed up the process of getting you an offer.
They can use it to eliminate you from consideration. ...
I don't see what issue you have with it. Yes, there is some sense in which it makes their job 'easier", but it so in a way that aligns with your interests; the reason they want to know presumably is so that they can have a chance to outbid whatever other offer you got. If you're concerned about having to keep track of all the companies that have made this ...