This was the direct quote from an SVP at a global financial services company to me. I was following up with him for the 7th time, and we began talking in mid-November.
To date, I have had a phone interview with him. Then a face--to-face. He referred me in to another SVP at head office. I had a one hour phone interview with her (Dec 21) and she promised a follow up interview after Christmas. She has since failed to respond to 4 follow ups.
So I went back to the original SVP who said... They told me you had met with them. Expletive Deletive. He then told me he was going to a different set of VPs at Head Office and to stay positive. Another couple of weeks went by. I emailed him again and his response "We have lost more talent because of our hiring process. These people have no sense of urgency or speed to market. We lose so many people to our competitors because of our process. Please be patient. I am advocating for you."
I have no idea how this will turn out. But I think it is worth hitting control shift k (which still works in Outlook 2007 btw) and sending an email a week. But basically, companies don't make it easy to find talent.