Expect the unexpected. For a very desired role (I loved the company and their marketing, thought the job a great fit), I invested about 14 hours total in the job process. Half hour for the initial HR recruiter screen call, hour with the senior person, 6 hours on a writing assignment, and then 3 hours with VP-level people (plus prep). Then, nothing. I was told after the last interview that this was only the first of 4 rounds of interviews for the position, and that they "still had some people to see." A simple "thanks but no thanks" note within a few weeks would have been nice, but I kept hearing, "you're still under consideration!" This was 3 months ago, and I am still seeing that job listing. I was pretty annoyed about not hearing and disappointed about not getting the position until I happened to meet a former Zipcar employee who said they would not wish working there on their worst enemy (long hours, high stress, have a kid, forget it). Yeah, I heard it's competitive to get a job there, but my experience was ridiculous. Yes, I have a job now.