Well I should have known that all was going too well a few weeks into our arrival in Adelaide....
I am beginning to wonder if I am going mad due to the situation I found myself, quite unexpectedly, in today - I would appreciate a steer on this in case there is some big, Australian cultural etiquette I have missed or something....here is what happened.
A couple of weeks ago I did a skype interview for a post with a major University, all seemed to go well and they asked me back for an "informal second interview" which was last Tuesday. This second interview was just me and the direct line manager of the post (Director of department) and was in a coffee shop.
I pride myself on being a pretty good reader of people (I have to be in my field) and felt that we clicked and got on really well, like a house on fire in fact, conversation flowed, he shared the plans for the role and his hopes and expectations, we discussed strategies and it felt like a done deal. This was reinforced by me thanking him for the opportunity to meet in person and him responding that he never makes an offer without meeting people face to face, asking me when I could start and settling on a mutually agreeable date at the end of the month and at the end him stating that he just had to get the paperwork signed off before going on holiday but to expect something in the post. It could not have gone better.
Needless to say I was expecting to have the offer confirmed in writing when today I got an automated (not even personal) email from the University saying that on this occasion my application will not be progressing any further. I was so confused I wondered whether this was an error and called the Director's PA - he is now on 2 weeks holiday - and she said initially that someone else had been offered the post but then two minutes later when I said I had been under the impression I was the only candidate invited back for a second interview she said "yes, you were the only one he met face to face". Confused?!
I have asked for some specific feedback and will apparently get that tomorrow from an assistant director. I cannot wait to hear what on earth went wrong and feel utterly like I have had the wind knocked out of my sails. I feel truly led down the garden path. The most annoying thing is that another post I had gone for came back last week and said although I didn't get that post they thought I was very suited to a different post and invited me to apply - I did not do so as it was after the "offer" and that post closed on Friday.
Back to the drawing board and square one I guess. Utterly demoralised by this whole thing!