Dinesh DivekarDear Praveen,
If you have gone through two rounds of interviews, one by HR Head and another by COO then it shows that you must have applied for some senior position. Going further, if you had call from secretary telling you that there could be interview by Chairman shows that you are through with earlier two rounds. However, interview with the Chairman did not happen though 10 days have passed.
From the sequence of events that you have described, I draw the following inference:
a) The company appears to owner driven and it is not just owner driven heavily owner driven. For what designation have you applied? Please ask question to yourself on whether it merits interview by Chairman for this designation.
b) Why even COO is not empowered to take decision on the selection of the candidate? Is yours C-level appointment? This shows that the Chairman does not delegate the power and the company has heavily centralised power structure.
c) If the Chairman could not interview you, then COO or at least HR Head should have spoken with you explaining the delay. Their silence speaks volumes. This is purely unprofessional approach by both, COO and HR Head. Their silence shows the mental disconnect between Chairman and these two authorities. Neither HR Executive has sent you any mail. This shows the company does not have culture of communication.
Final comments: - Now it is whether it is your call whether to rely on this company. I recommend you conducting market research and generate information on psychology of the Chairman. By chance if you fail to align with the culture of the company, you could land in trouble. Therefore, be cautious!
From India, Bangalore