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She got positive response from HR after her first round of interviews, made it to the next round and did a writing assignment. About three weeks later, the HR person said she was still waiting for several writing samples from candidates and, once she received them, the department would review all of them at once. Weeks went by, I followed up several more times and, maybe a month after my last follow-up, I received an email saying that they decided to go in a whole different direction for the rolehiring someone for their West Coast office instead of New York. It was a bit torturous. I wish they would have just said something when they found out, so I didnt agonize for months about hearing back!