Job Search Etiquette Question -Finally an UPDATE
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SmallTownGirlie
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Posted: 4/11/2013 1:42:41 PM
**UPDATE FINALLY***
I finally got a call today and was offered and accepted the job. It pays a little less than what I hoped, but DH and I decided job happiness was more important than the money. We will look at what we can cut back on, and go from there. I am super exited I juts need to tell my current staff I will not be back next school year. Oh well, I know I will be much happier than if I had to return.

Thanks for all your well wishes and advice.

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I interviewed with a company almost 2 weeks ago and have not heard anything about the job. In the past I have asked when they expect to make a decision so I have a timeline. I forgot to ask this time, and it is driving me nuts. If I knew they were deciding next week, I could easily wait, but if they were making a decision early this week, I would think I didn't get the job and can move on. It is the not knowing that is driving me nuts.

Is there an acceptable way to e-mail or call the person I interviewed with and ask what their timeline is?

UPDATE - So I sent an e-mail and got this response:

I intended to email you yesterday with an update. Thank you for your patience. We plan on making a decision the week of April 22nd. We will get in touch with you soon. In the meantime, if any questions should come up please do not hesitate to contact me


My thinking is that I am still in the running. Now I just need to have patience for a week and a half. Oh well, I have an interview for another job next Friday (it would most likely pay more, but I don't believe I would enjoy it as much). I will just keep doing what I am doing.

Thanks again for the advice. You gals are GREAT!!!!

benem
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Posted: 4/11/2013 1:44:03 PM
Sure. I do it. email is less invasive. I send an email or leave a voicemail, say I'm following up on xxx job, I interviewed on xxx, I am still really interested and I am checking on the status.

I did it for this job and was told it was taking a while bc 4 people on the hiring committee had gotten the flu.



benem
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Posted: 4/11/2013 1:45:51 PM
You should also be ok calling the person who interviewed you just to inquire on the status. It shows you are interested in the job, not passive, and you take initiative. It also shows that you think well of yourself and have confidence. When you call it's your chance to remind them you are still interested and to please let you know.

Then, even if you are not 1st choice, you might move up from 3rd or 4th to 2nd and then even if they offer the job to someone else, if they say no, you are in like flynn!



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Posted: 4/11/2013 2:19:39 PM
Thanks. I will try giving her a call and asking where they are in the process. I really want this job and I am so ready to move on, but need to have patience.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 2:47:27 PM
email is less intrusive and less awkward than a phone call....especially if the answer is not great. On the phone, you can really put the person into a bind. I personally hate phone calls and would much prefer an email followup.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 2:50:38 PM
I agree that it's OK to email, plus it's another chance to tell them how interested you are and what a good fit you think you'll be and why. (briefly!)

Let me add another piece of advice. We recently hired someone and had 2 other good candidates, who we would consider for hire in the future if a new position came open. My boss personally emailed them (not a generic email from HR) and told them this, and neither responded. She said it changed her mind about them because she felt it was rude that they didn't respond to thank her and to say they'd still be interested. (We are hiring sales reps, so how they sell themselves to us is important.)

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Posted: 4/11/2013 2:50:53 PM
Agree that it's not unreasonable to follow-up via email. It shows you're still intersted. Offer, also, to be available to answer any follow up questions they make, as well.

Benem -- love your avatar photo of Ceres from atop the CBOT!

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Posted: 4/11/2013 3:09:00 PM
I think it is fine to follow up with an e-mail asking about what the timeline is. Some companies take forever to make any sort of decision! I know of someone who had to go through 6 interviews for the same position!


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Posted: 4/11/2013 3:44:22 PM
Thanks everyone. I sent her an e-mail, so hopefully I get a response with at least their timeline so I know when to really start worrying again.

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Posted: 5/1/2013 9:39:29 PM
BTT for an update, FINALLY!

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Posted: 5/2/2013 2:56:26 AM

Congratulations on your new job!


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Posted: 5/2/2013 5:08:01 AM
Congratulations!


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