The waiting is the hardest part
September 11, 2012 11:02 AM Subscribe
Approached for job, now silence, now what?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (19 answers total)
Sorry, this is somewhat long, and probably not all that interesting, but it's a waiting-for-callback question that has me puzzled, and your thoughts would be much appreciated.
A month ago, I received an email out of the blue, from the head of a department at the most respected institution in my field saying that a former colleague (very respected in our field) recommended me and asked if I would be interested in relocating to their city, they are looking for a [my position].
My profession is rather common, but I work at a specific type of institution where maybe a handful of people in the country have the type of experience that I do, which is what they would be looking for. I spoke with the person the next day and had a very easy and informative half hour phone conversation. Our field is relatively small, so there's a bit of an all in the same boat mentality. During the conversation, I was asked about salary, and then they said, no, you can think about that. And then they mentioned coming out for an in-person interview, although that would have to be mid-September due to vacations. Oh yea, and the latest they would want the new person to start would be beginning of October.
A week later I sent an email just following up, including my resume and seeing if there's anything else I could provide. I also let them know about my new recently launched website to which they replied "very very beautiful work. On vacation next week so will have to get back to this when I return". This was 3 weeks ago. And since, I've heard nothing.
So I'm starting to scratch my head about what to do. From my experience with hiring people, I understand how weeks go by without even thinking twice. But with the short start date, for me to give proper notice at my job now, and moving across the country, at what point do I check in again without being annoying. And if I do check in again, how do you phrase that? It's almost mid-September, and I'd like to know one way or the other. I would do whatever I need to take the job though, in the end, I'm quite thrilled to even be having the conversation.