How do I communicate with a person in HR who's been a bit misleading?
August 24, 2011 4:04 PM Subscribe
How do I deal with H.R.-related courtesy shenanigans? Are these even shenanigans? I'm not very experienced with H.R. departments, so I've come to you, oh hive mind.
posted by fantodstic to human relations (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Three months ago, I applied for a position as a part-time CA county employee. (Riverside, if that matters). A month later, I took a physical + drug tests and passed. Finally about a month ago I went to orientation and signed various forms and a contract (I did the live scan fingerprinting and even took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution as a CA employee.)
///This is an office position but not temporary - as far as I know; I'm labeled a "county employee" and have paid holidays, as opposed to, AFAIK, an office temp. (I'm probably still a noob about office job culture.///
I did not hear from them for a week after that and so I called HR and spoke to the person in charge of assigning the workers to their respective locations. She said she would let me know "in the next two weeks" about where I would be placed. I didn't hear from her. I called her the next Monday after 2 weeks and she was polite and confirmed that she knew who I was (even confirmed my phone number after I asked her if she had it). I have limited experience with H.R. departments. I tried to be polite and asked her when I could expect to know which office I would be assigned to.
She told me that she would let me know before Thursday (tomorrow) where I would be assigned. She did not state what day, but I spoke to her 8 days ago.
My questions are:
Should I call her today - or should I wait until she calls me?
If she does not call me today (which would be kinda shitty), how can I get information out of her politely? Should I leave out saying that she said she would call me but did not? Should I just ask her where I'm being assigned? How can I phrase it in a way that does not sound over-bearing or rude?
What I want to know at this point is IF I'm even getting this job. I'm starting to feel dread and the worst part is I turned a job offer down two weeks ago because I was (maybe naively) sure I had this one in the bag, after the orientation and such.
Can you help me phrase the question, or help me understand how H.R. departments deal with phone calls from applicants and how applicants should approach H.R. with inquiries like this?
Thanks in advance, MetaFilter :)