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GUEST COMMENT: A major investment bank made me a job offer and then ignored my calls

I've been looking for a new job for a while, so imagine my delight when one of the recruiters I work with said he had a corporate strategy role at a large bank which I might be interested in.

I attended a first round of interviews with a very pleasant, but recently appointed senior employee who was still on his probationary period. He'd previously been a partner in a well known management consultancy, and I was familiar with him from that time, so the interview went well.

The second round of interviews took place shortly afterwards. In this case, I was interviewed by two mid-ranking staff from the strategy team. It was all standard stuff: they ran through my CV and the projects I've been working on. At the end of it, I was asked to make a short pre-prepared presentation about my ideas for improving the direction of the business. This seemed to be well received.

Three weeks passed and then the headhunter called to say that I was in: the bank wanted me. I spoke to my future boss on the telephone and we met for dinner. And then I waited for the contract. And waited. And waited. It didn't turn up.

Understandably concerned, I participated in a conference call with the headhunter and my 'future boss' and was told the contract would arrive soon. It didn't. Then I was told HR had it. Two deadlines passed and then the bank and the recruiter stopped answering my calls.

That was nine months ago. Needless to say, I have concluded that the contract isn't coming and looking for a different role, so far without success.

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  • An
    Anal
    29 September 2011

    BTw is there a difference between an "oral" contract and a "verbal" one? Do I have a really dirty mind or is it all the same in France as long as the maid doesn't call the police?

  • Ed
    Eddie
    22 September 2011

    Move on sucker! they obviously have ....with your ideas...

  • TK
    TK
    22 September 2011

    "I was asked to make a short pre-prepared presentation about my ideas for improving the direction of the business. This seemed to be well received. "

    Probably so well received they stole your ideas...

  • DC
    DC
    21 September 2011

    its a shame this is happening. How so unprofessional!

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    notallagenciesarescum
    21 September 2011

    This is an interesting and becoming familiar tale. We had a similiar situation where our candidate was offered a job however the agency fees were not signed off. We were given a choice, either wave the fee and the chap starts his new, dream job or block it and not let the guy go and stay festering where he was. So with the fee down the drain, the chap started his new job and clearly we did not get paid. Still no sign of lunch promised from hiring manager or candidate. We were a full Preferred Supplier and acted in good faith....

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