I will try to keep this short and sweet. I interviewed for a position a few weeks ago. Hubby just got a call today that he has a job offer in that same city. I have not heard back yet from the SC -they said it would take a few weeks, but I should update if something important happens. Do you think it would be ok to contact the search chair to find out if I am still in the running, given hubby's job prospect? Hubby does not want to start negotiating unless we think there is some notion that we could live in the same city. The search chair is very nice, but I don't want to be inappropriate. Thoughts?
Date: 05 Dec 2012 23:07
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I think this would be a perfectly valid reason to inquire. After all, shows your commitment to moving to take the new job if offered. I don't see any problem with it.
did you get a sense of who would be making the call to offer the position — e.g., the dean/provost vs. the search committee chair.
I met with a very nice provost who said he'd be making the call and to contact HIM (vs. the search committee) b/c he could do the inquiries… he said to ABSOLUTELY call if you had another offer as he had been scooped by other schools and candidates who did NOT call to inquire. I liked that he was very upfront about it and said most committees understand.
so my suggestion would be to contact the person who would be designated to make the offer (and probably NOT the search committee). He or she can relay the information to the search committee in determinine where they're at… so it's kind of nice to have a point-person to do the relaying, instead of maybe feeling that you're being presumptuous with the search committee.
Original Poster: can you give us updates on how your call went? I'm in a similar both with an offer for my partner and another campus invite request just being extended today for me. I plan to call to inquire, but I'm curious as to how much information you revealed in your initial update and how it's gone.
Op here. Sadly the initial offer went to someone else. I found out after I sent an email inquiry to sc. Good luck to you!
OP, thanks for sharing your experience. sorry to hear about that… i emailed and was not the first choice candidate. a bummer, but it relieved so much anxiety about not knowing. now I feel like i can move forward and my expectations have shifted, so if the first candidate declines, then it'll be a welcome surprise, but i'm not expecting much at this point.