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Old 01-04-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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I had a job interview Thursday morning that went very well. It was supposed to be an initial screening interview, and right after I left, they called my cell phone and said that the senior boss had arrived at the office and they had me do a second round interview with the boss right then. (I was in the building lobby and came back up for round two.)


By the time I got home an hour later, they had called and spoken with 2 of my 3 references. In other words, they seem to be moving very quickly. I sent a thank you email on Thursday afternoon, and have not heard back since. When would it be appropriate for me to follow up with a phone call? Mid-week? I do not want to come off as desperate, but the truth is I very much want/need this job. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:35 PM
 
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Let's see. Thursday was New Year's Eve. Friday was new year. Today is the Monday right after new year. At least give them time to take a breath.

At my office, no one came in on time today.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:51 PM
 
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I know, and I admit that I am a bit anxious because I really want to land this job. I was thinking that given how quickly things moved on Thursday, it would be reasonable to call them on Wednesday or Thursday of this week to follow up.
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Old 01-04-2016, 02:05 PM
 
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I know, and I admit that I am a bit anxious because I really want to land this job. I was thinking that given how quickly things moved on Thursday, it would be reasonable to call them on Wednesday or Thursday of this week to follow up.
I would wait until at least Thurs (one week from interview). They may have had trouble reaching your 3rd reference over the holidays, or they are doing a background check, or are calling previous employers to confirm employment, or they are putting together an offer and reviewing it, or whatever else. I've learned from experience that these things take time and do not run on the timeline we think they should/want them to.
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Old 01-04-2016, 02:19 PM
 
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Thanks Orange. I will wait until maybe Thursday afternoon if I do not hear before then. It is a state government position so I don't know how that plays into the timing, but my impression is they are inclined to move relatively quickly to fill a vacant opening and that was reflected by their actions on Thursday. My fingers are very much crossed.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:00 PM
 
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What do you expect to accomplish by following up?

They're checking your references, and they had you do the second interview right away so they obviously have some interest. they're not going to forget to offer you the job. Think about what the potential outcomes are - they're either going to tell you that they haven't made a decision, MAYBE they will tell you "oh yeah you didn't get the job and we didn't tell you" - unless you call at the exact right moment it's very unlikely that they'll say "oh yeah you did get the job and we didn't tell you." They're certainly not going to say "oh well we weren't going to give you the job, but since you checked in, it's yours now!" unless you're applying for a VERY low level job with a boss who doesn't give a hoot.

You sent your thank you, and while I understand the anxiety and impatience and urge to do SOMETHING when you're in this kind of powerless position, checking in a week after the interview isn't going to do anything except potentially annoy them.

Remember that as other people have mentioned, it's the holidays and a day of agonizing waiting for you is a day of "oops didn't get to that hiring work today, I'll do it tomorrow" for them.

If you absolutely MUST check in - did they give you a timeline for getting back to you? If so, wait until a couple of days after that passes and send an e-mail asking about the status of your application. If they didn't, give them at least 2 weeks after the interview.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:25 PM
 
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Good points Groar. I guess by following up I was hoping to emphasize that I am very interested in the position, but you're right that if they are down to 2 finalists, they're not going to give me the job because I called to follow up. I really hope to hear by week's end. As you noted, it's hard not to be anxious and impatient, and I'm trying my best. Today was a very long day for me.
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