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Asked by Ashley on May 21, 2015

I am a finalist for a teaching position, I interviewed 4 different times & gave a lesson. The principal told me they were seeing other finalist over the next two weeks so I probably wouldn't hear from him before that but to be in touch for any reason. I waited 2 weeks & left a message on Monday that I was checking in & still interested. Is it bad that I haven't heard back yet? What's my next step?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on May 27, 2015

I wouldn’t assume you are immediately disqualified if you haven’t heard back yet. Organizations can sometimes run into unforeseen setbacks that could cause a delay with the hiring process. A candidate may have needed to reschedule their interview or someone may be out of the office and it’s causing a delay with moving forward with the process. I would not recommend following up with them more than once unless a couple more weeks pass and you still haven’t heard anything. Unfortunately, all you can do at this time is wait it out until the principal gets back in touch with you.

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Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on May 27, 2015

I would not say that you are no longer in the running for the teaching position because you haven’t heard back yet. The school could have run into a situation where they had to extend the interview process due to unforeseen circumstances. Since you followed up last week I wouldn’t follow up again for a few more weeks. Although I know you don’t want to wait any longer, I think that might be what you have to do in this situation. Best of luck and I hope you hear back soon!

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Answered by Peggy, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on May 28, 2015

Unfortunately delays are a given for the selection process.  It could be something as simple as they've concluded their interviewing, but need the following week or two to get concensus from the hiring team on who they wish to move forward with.  Or it could be because an interview or two needed to be rescheduled because of an unexpected scheduling conflict. In any event, following up when you did was totally acceptable, and I agree with my colleagues that a second follow up may be appropriate in a week or two.

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Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on May 29, 2015

First of all, congratulations on getting this far in the interview process – This clearly means that you are a well-qualified candidate.  Unfortunately, the interview process can take a very long time and there are many reasons for delays like this and I don’t think that it’s a bad sign that you haven’t heard back from the school yet.  I think it would be appropriate for you to follow up with one more time, maybe via email this time.  If you still do not hear back then I would wait a week or two before following up again.  In the meantime, just to be safe, you may want to start pursuing other teaching positions while you are waiting for the school’s final answer.  Good Luck!

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