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Old 01-23-2019, 05:16 PM
 
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I had an interview for an entry level position in a county office almost two weeks ago. I was one of the highest ranked appliccants after the exam, and I feel like the interview went very well. However, I did not think to ask for business cards or contact info for the interview panel, nor did I ask for an expected timeline. This is one of my first big job interviews and I'm still learning the etiquette...

Since the interview was at 4:00 on a Friday, I did not send a thank you email until Monday morning to the contact I had been given. It has now been 9 days and I haven't heard anything from either the county or my contact.

Should I call and inquire about the status of the position? Or just buck up and wait, recognizing that these things take time? The initial timeline they posted with the job application stated they expected the position to begin in January 2019--but I know those are frequently optimistic estimates.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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Government tends to hire at a very slow pace. We also don't know how many people are being interviewed over what period of time.
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I had an interview for an entry level position in a county office almost two weeks ago. I was one of the highest ranked appliccants after the exam, and I feel like the interview went very well. However, I did not think to ask for business cards or contact info for the interview panel, nor did I ask for an expected timeline. This is one of my first big job interviews and I'm still learning the etiquette...

Since the interview was at 4:00 on a Friday, I did not send a thank you email until Monday morning to the contact I had been given. It has now been 9 days and I haven't heard anything from either the county or my contact.

Should I call and inquire about the status of the position? Or just buck up and wait, recognizing that these things take time? The initial timeline they posted with the job application stated they expected the position to begin in January 2019--but I know those are frequently optimistic estimates.

Call.

It can't hurt and, after two weeks, it's appropriate to follow through. Say what you said here--that you thought you'd follow up and inquire as to the status of the position. Add that you're still interested and that you thought the interview went well.

That exact thing happened to me as a young woman--and it was a county job, too. When I called the department head to inquire, I was told that there were "budget problems" in the county, so he hadn't filled the position. Then he said, "You know what? Come in. You're hired." Almost three months later, I was "displaced" by someone with more seniority when the county went through with massive layoffs. But I never missed a day because I was immediately placed on a "preferred list," and got picked up before my "separation date." In fact, as is usually the case, almost everyone was eventually either re-hired there, or accepted an offer at another county department.

As an aside, that's the nice thing about civil service jobs. They cant use the open-competitive list if there's a preferred list.

Again, you should call. As I said, it cant hurt--and it might help. And even if you miss out on this, you'll definitely be remembered when they have to fill another position.

Good luck!
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Go ahead and contact them but, if they truly want you they will pursue you can get back to you whether or not you prod them a little to move them along.
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