No offense boriskitten, but you did not do as well at step 6 as you thought.
In the steps prior to that, your phone interview, etc. you may have done well as the person talking to you was concerned. OR, you may have, in their opinion, been an "I'm on the fence about this person" candidate. I get people like that sometimes. While talking to them, I'm weighing the pros and cons of bringing this person in. I'm looking for reasons NOT to bring you in frankly. Sorry to have to say that. The truth is you can almost always find reason to pass someone on to the next step. I can be talking to someone that has all minuses, but, hey, there's always something you like about someone, isn't there? Problem is, that doesn't equate to being a good employee.
The hard cold fact is, if someoneone is hired, and that one thing that was the reason not to pass you along was ignored, THAT will be the reason you will be gone within 6 months.
Whoever was at that interview apparantly forgot/neglected to tell the recruiter to send you a rejection letter within a couple of days.
more than likely, at a subsequent regularly scheduled candidate recap meeting, the recruiter had to ask "so, what's the status of boriskitten, who was interviewed 2 weeks ago?"
Then, they had to catch up with someone at that interview, who may have said "I don't think we want her, but check with so and so, who was also at that interview. He/she was supposed to have let you know" Then, you get through to so and so, who was out of town right then and not answering non-emergency emails in a timely fashion, who says "Sorry, I forgot to email you right after the interview that we have rejected boriskitten."
I'm sure this does seem like a waste of time to you. In this case, maybe it was. Somehow you fell between the cracks. Sorry your interview was not processed with 100% accuracy.
However, there's the reason behind so many steps.
Even though it's an entry level position, it cost a LOT of money to train you. Much more than you realize.
Retaining good people, being careful the right candidate is hired, is the only way to recoup this cost.
Except for the fact you were somehow forgotten, the way that interview process went would be a reason for me to consider opening an account at that bank.
If they are that careful with who they select to work for them, I want them handling my money, because they will be just as careful.
boriskitten, if you keep applying at large companies, this is going to be the way it's going to go. Hopefully other companies won't leave you hanging for a month.
If you had been hired by that bank, you would have looked forward to a couple more weeks of background checks, drug testing, etc. etc.
If that's not for you, you'll have to get a job at some mom and pop business, who hire by the fact they thought you were "nice"