Temp co called and said he didn't get it. husband was devastated, I mean he REALLY took it hard. He kept saying over and over.........I don't understand. They kept talking to me like I nailed it, already had made up their minds they wanted me........all that I'm so perfect for it, so much experience yadda yadda........and then I don't get it? Then he kept saying how could he have been so wrong? Temp co said that of course the company didn't say this was the reason, but they believe his age was a major factor. husband is 63. I too, find it a bit odd that they would be sooooo excited during the interview process, then suddenly decide his age was against him. They knew his age when he got there. It's not like the man looks 20 yrs old for pete's sake. It's like a major punch in the stomach when you need it as badly as we do. Still.......the lab manager kept telling him that they also direct hire in special cases. Now I'm NOT getting my hopes up at all. But I'm wondering.......IF they wanted to direct hire him and the temp co knew about it, they'd have to buy out his contract with temp co in order to keep using them. IF they tell temp co they're going with someone else........then contact husband that they want to direct hire him, they don't have to pay temp co anything. (we're talking a 6 mo contract they'd have to buy out here, that's a lot of money) So I'm wondering if it's possible that may be what's going on. Would make a little more sense with their feedback during the interview process because they made it sound to husband as if doing the other interviews was just a formality to appease the temp co, who sends an assigned number of applicants for each session. But like I said, neither he or I are getting our hopes up that is the case. Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers though.