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Should I ping the recruiter if they said I passed the 1st round but they've been silent for a while?

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Data Engineer at Financial Companya month ago

I had an interview with a 60 person company last week. It was the first round with the Hiring Manager. It went well and he told me he'd move me on to the next round. It's been 6 days and I haven't heard back from the company.

I'm wondering if I should ping the recruiter, but here's the thing: I don't necessarily want to have my next interview soon because I have other companies I'm speaking with.

So this question has 2 parts:

  1. Assuming I want to interview with the company sooner rather than later so I can get an offer (fingers-crossed) sooner rather than later, has enough time gone by to warrant me pinging the recruiter?

  2. If I don't want to get an offer sooner, but instead am fine getting an offer later, should I still reach out? I suppose you can separate reaching out for when you schedule the interview for, although they're definitely generally correlated.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a month ago

    You should definitely reach out! Every interview loop where you're still alive is a potentially valuable resource, so you shouldn't let momentum die if you can. I understand not wanting to overload yourself with interviews, but if a company really likes you, hopefully they can be flexible letting you schedule the next round on a week where you're not overloaded.

    6 days is an eternity in the current job market, so I would reach out ASAP. Digital ink is cheap, and if this company is any good, this is an opportunity worth following up on. I have seen so many engineers be surprised with how competitive a company's offer can be even if they're not a "name brand".

    This other thread covers something similar: "Final round interview IC1/IC2"

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      Data Engineer [OP]
      Financial Company
      a month ago

      Thanks Alex! What's the threshold for days?

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      Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
      a month ago

      I think radio silence >3 days is worth following up on. The best thing to do though is to ask them directly what to expect with turnaround time. You can even do this live at the end of the interview round if you feel like it went well and you two were vibing: "It was good chatting with you! Just one last thought - When can I expect to hear back about this?"