This is a follow-up to some of the post-in-person-interview questions.
Is it normal to receive no replies after sending thank you emails to all the people you met when on an in-person interview? I received replies from 2 out of 5 SC members, the Dept. Chair, and 2 random faculty members. Sent out around 20 emails, including the grad students. Feeling this could be a sign OR that they instruct people to be very brief/non-committal or not reply at all. This is my 2nd time on the market (trying to go from R2 to R1 as an advanced assistant). Can't remember what happened last time so maybe I am being paranoid.
Secondly, last time I was on the market I was a back-up candidate for a great job and it was clear. About a month after the interviews were over, the Dept. Chair contacted me to ask "if I was still interested in the position?" Of course, I was very excited and said yes, but there was no commitment on her end. Eventually I received a boilerplate rejection email form the SC Chair. Turns out a tenured prof. at an R1 had scooped this junior position. Anyway, my question is—if they have no interest in me at all (either as top choice or back-up), will the SC Chair let me know, or will it drag all the way out until an offer is accepted, even if they would never want me?
I realize these are somewhat complicated questions, but would people with SC experience at R1s chime in if you have any good info? Thanks!