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When to call back for status check after an interview

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mustangj17, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    *** I'm an idiot. Posted on the wrong board. Wish I could use alcohol consumption as an excuse here.

    I seem to be asking myself this question each time I interview for a new gig.

    A week or so ago, I had a phone interview with a place.

    Two days later, I completed a copy editing, sports knowledge test on the computer for this place.

    After sending the test back to the administrator/hiring manager, I asked what the next step was.

    She told me she they would be in contact with me, probably within a week. That was 10 days ago. I want to know what's going on. I'm anxious to get the call back for the in person interview. So do I call to remind them/ keep my name fresh in their head? Or does this type of thing drive employers crazy?

    I also checked my test answers over, and based on my responses I did really well. What would everyone else out there do? Besides whine about it on a message board?
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    You've waited long enough. Plus, it's a hiring manager. She's paid to deal with these things. If the sports editor was your source, maybe I'd be more leery about firing off a note every week. But to a hiring manager, have at it until you get an answer.
  3. fremont

    fremont Member

    Good advice. If it's the SE, maybe fire an email a week or so later and then wait another two weeks or so before firing off another one. With staff reductions SE's even at some bigger papers are taking on a little more grunt work, so expect a little while to hear back from them.

    Interestingly (to me if to nobody else), I've done dailies for over six years, worked at two of them and have never landed a job through the traditional "interview" process - I owe my whole career basically to knowing the right people and being in the right place at the right time...
  4. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    For my most recent job, I think I called the SE about once a week to check on the status. He was very gracious, and willing to spend a few minutes a week to give me an update on how things were going (there were some unusual circumstances that delayed the process by about a month). But I don't think there was anything pushy about it. Although, he had said at the interview to keep checking back with him periodically, so that probably made a difference.
  5. fremont

    fremont Member

    I might take something like that for a sign that he expects a bit of persistence....that's one trait you definitely need in this line of work.
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