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I interviewed for a multi-judge clerkship 2.5 weeks ago but puest06/07/17
Send her a polite email reminding her of your interest in th defectoantesto06/07/17
This is exactly why it's important to ask about the next ste mrtor06/07/17
At the conclusion of the first interview, the lead interview puest06/07/17
Hmm. That could be interpreted one of two ways. Either they' mrtor06/08/17
Frequently government and other large organizations are bogg sjlawyer06/08/17
I actually got a quick response to my follow up. Second int puest06/08/17
Great. it's so hard to predict without understanding the or sjlawyer06/08/17
Or more likely they are still waiting to get final approval retard06/09/17
puest (Jun 7, 2017 - 10:43 am)

I interviewed for a multi-judge clerkship 2.5 weeks ago but have not heard back. A friend of mine works in the same position at the same courthouse and he told me a week ago that, to the best of his knowledge, I will be getting a second interview.

So, when do I reach out to the person in charge of hiring to figure out where we're at? The lady in charge of hiring also holds a busy position at the courthouse, so I don't want to bug her, but at some point I feel like I need to reiterate my desire for the position or at least let her know I'm not dead. What do you think I should do?

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defectoantesto (Jun 7, 2017 - 11:25 am)

Send her a polite email reminding her of your interest in the position and that you are just following up on the status of their hiring process. I don't think that could possibly be seen as inappropriate, particularly if you are only reaching out for the first time after two weeks. Obviously do not mention your friend who tipped you off that you may be getting a second interview.

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mrtor (Jun 7, 2017 - 12:17 pm)

This is exactly why it's important to ask about the next step and the timeline for the step at the end of every interview. You want to be able to use their own words when you follow up for more information.

While not ideal, I think it is safe to follow up at this point. Explain your continued interest in the position and ask about their decision timeline.

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puest (Jun 7, 2017 - 12:59 pm)

At the conclusion of the first interview, the lead interviewer told me that the timeline was fuzzy.

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mrtor (Jun 8, 2017 - 10:30 am)

Hmm. That could be interpreted one of two ways. Either they're genuinely disorganized and haphazardly working their way through the process, or it could be a cue that you were not an especially competitive candidate. Hopefully it was the former.

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sjlawyer (Jun 8, 2017 - 10:35 am)

Frequently government and other large organizations are bogged down with HR requirements, diversity requirements and other boxes to check. I suspect that, while it could be any number of things, that the judge(s) do not care or know how the hiring will go if/when they give the thumbs up.

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puest (Jun 8, 2017 - 3:16 pm)

I actually got a quick response to my follow up. Second interview is now scheduled.

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sjlawyer (Jun 8, 2017 - 3:25 pm)

Great. it's so hard to predict without understanding the organization. Typically though, if you think/know something is going to happen, at a larger organization, it's likely some other sorta of silly/annoying issue like an HR person or some approval or paperwork.

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retard (Jun 9, 2017 - 12:24 am)

Or more likely they are still waiting to get final approval to hire and the funding for it.

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