Apologies in advance for the rant, but I'm 3 interviews down and 2 to go, and I seem to be coming up as runner up in each of the searches. This is maddening enough. But what is really getting me pissed are search chairs who wax philosophically about having a transparent process and then just NEVER.SAY.THAT.THE.SEARCH.HAS.CONCLUDED. This is really hurtful. I know that no one wants to reject someone and it must be the lousiest part of the job, but we're all professionals here. Just a "thanks, but no thanks" would speak volumes to me right now.
How common is this? Is this just bad luck, or is this just the way it is? I mean, given the relatively large number of rejection form letters that schools send to the non-interviewees, you'd think that a short email or call would be common courtesy for the two-three people who are not getting offers. Am I radically off base? I'm so sick of getting bad news from this wiki.