"When should I hear anything?"
"I have a meeting with the hiring manager in 2 days, I'll call you back right after."
A week passes. I call him back, it's 2pm on Tuesday.
<clearly waking up> "oh yes. Well this job is about..." <repeats the original pitch>
"okay, so I know this, and last time we talked you said you had a meeting with the hiring manager and would get back to me, a week ago."
"so...I'm not at my computer, but I have some feedback on my computer, I'll call you back this afternoon?"
"Well was it good or bad feedback?"
"I...I...have it on my computer. Can I call you back this afternoon?"
No call, nothing. It's 3 days later now. At this point I've hit so many red flags I'm not even interested in checking them out anymore. But it is a great company. One of those Top-20 best places to work kind of places. I called a friend of mine who works there and they checked with the hiring manager, but got a non-reply. I'm apparently being put against the position, so that much is true.
It's not the first time I've dealt with this kind of shenanigans. My favorite is the "why do you want to work here?" question which pops up somewhere in the process. And I respond with "I don't you asked me to come, why do you want me to work here?"
Recruiters really are a waste of time and if I had spent more than 20 minutes on the phone with this guy I would feel kind of burned right now. But instead I've just added it to the pile of bizarre recruiter interactions I've had over the years.
On the flip-side, a company my wife used to work for had great success with a professional retained recruiting agency. It took a few months to finally nail down what they were looking for in a candidate, but before long they had a steady stream of qualified resumes coming in. So there's that.