How to Deal with Flaky HR Departments

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The new website has really drummed up some buzz and I’ve started to receive tons of advice requests! If you’ve got an accounting conundrum and need some help, email me here.

Into the mailbag we go…

Hello Andrew,

You have been a great help to me over the past few months so I am writing you to get your advice on a situation Im facing. I have been out of accounting for about six years I have actually been working in sales and wanting to find way back. I happened to stumble on your podcast and listen to a topic you had on how to get back into accounting.

I listened and took your advice and I have had two interviews in the last four months the first one I didn’t do well but because I was nervous and didn’t answer the accounting questions right but this most recent time I aced all the questions after listening to your interview podcasts. interviewed for a Revenue Accountant position at a oil & gas company on Monday May 5th. I waited a week and I finally heard from the H/R contact person Monday May 12 that they would reach out to me with an offer by Tuesday or Wednesday of the past week.

Well three days in to last week I hadn’t heard anything so I emailed the h/r contact and she said she was still waiting for the compensation group and she would get back to me by this past Friday well I didn’t hear anything and I am wondering what approach to take. Should I contact one of the people I interviewed so well with or should I wait it out and not appear needy. Please give me any suggestions. Thanks again, Sheila (loyal listener and Linkedin Follower)

Here was my response:

I’m so happy I’ve been able to help out with getting you back into the profession, it’s very exciting! First I want to say that based on this email, regardless of what happens with this position, KEEP TRYING! It appears they will actually hire you for this position but if something changes, don’t get down on yourself! Persistence, persistence, persistence!

I’d be happy to take a look at your resume if you decide to go to another position after this. (for anyone else, email me here.)

In regards to reaching back out. The company is either:

      1. Really waiting on the compensation department of
      2. Interviewing one more person for the position.

Either way, I would wait to hear back from them on Monday and if you don’t, send a follow up email at 7:30am  Tuesday in something similar to the following format:


Dear [NAME},
Good morning!
I am very excited about the position with your company and look forward to getting started in the coming week! It was great meeting with you and discussing….. (add something you discussed).
I wanted to follow up this morning and see if you had heard back from the compensation department? Feel free to give me a call at XXX-XXX-XXXX.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Best regards,
<Insert Name>
UPDATE: This person ended up getting the positions and send the email! Persistence is they way to go, even when it’s embarassing!