After the interviews on Google like SWE, if the recruiter wants to have a quick chat on the phone but doesn't mention anything about the offer, does that mean they reject it? Why don't you send the rejection by email?

Updated on : December 6, 2021 by Salma House



After the interviews on Google like SWE, if the recruiter wants to have a quick chat on the phone but doesn't mention anything about the offer, does that mean they reject it? Why don't you send the rejection by email?

The schedule is something like this: after the interviews, all the interviewers will write their evaluations and submit them, and the recruiter will compile them along with other information to make a package that will be sent to the hiring committee, and the hiring committee will take a decision, and then that decision is reviewed, and ... as you can imagine, this usually takes a while. One of the parts that often takes a while is getting interviewers to finish writing their reviews, because… well, because we're not as good at it as we should be, actually. (Sorry.)

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The schedule is something like this: after the interviews, all the interviewers will write their evaluations and submit them, and the recruiter will compile them along with other information to make a package that will be sent to the hiring committee, and the hiring committee will take a decision, and then that decision is reviewed, and ... as you can imagine, this usually takes a while. One of the parts that often takes a while is getting interviewers to finish writing their reviews, because… well, because we're not as good at it as we should be, actually. (Sorry.)

If the recruiter does not mention anything about an offer, I assume it is because the process is still ongoing and there is no decision yet. If it's within a day or two of the interview, I guess they might not even have the reports of all the interviewers yet!

So one reason the recruiter might be calling is to see how things went before hearing from the interviewers, and another reason might be that they want to make sure they are aware of any issues or concerns that may prevent you from wanting to accept. an offer if you get one, so they can address it right away instead of waiting until they know if you're getting an offer.

And another reason the recruiter might be calling is to explain what the rest of the process looks like and tell you when you can expect to hear a decision.

At full disclosure, this is more of a personal opinion than an official "policy," but I worked at Google SWE recruiting in Mountain View for just under a year.

I know that as a recruiter I chose to communicate with my candidates by phone as much as possible. This allows me to avoid the e-mail of others, less than personal. Whether it's good news or bad, reach out when possible by phone or in person.

Now when it comes to Google specifically, it varies what kind of position it is in. Regarding SWE at Google, if we reject it we will always do it by phone. I found this is for two

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At full disclosure, this is more of a personal opinion than an official "policy," but I worked at Google SWE recruiting in Mountain View for just under a year.

I know that as a recruiter I chose to communicate with my candidates by phone as much as possible. This allows me to avoid the e-mail of others, less than personal. Whether it's good news or bad, reach out when possible by phone or in person.

Now when it comes to Google specifically, it varies what kind of position it is in. Regarding SWE at Google, if we reject it we will always do it by phone. I found this to be due to two reasons:

1) Allow a human recruiting element and give people the courtesy of a phone call in exchange for their interview time.

2) Alleviates many potential legal problems from recorded rejections of emails. Think of the thousands upon thousands of rejection emails that are logged and blogged across the engineering community. A lot of potential liability and a lot less damage to your employment brand.

The answer to your question ... Maybe. :)

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