I was in the middle of an interview process for a position I was very interested in back in March when the pandemic hit. Through networking, I found that an associate of a friend was leaving her position to go back to school and was in charge of helping find someone to fill the role. Between January and March, she and I had an informal interview, then later she introduced me to the staff and told them she believed I would be a great fit for the job. I then interviewed with her direct supervisor and another person I would be working with. It seemed to go very well. Initially the job had not yet been officially approved, but they were very communicative, informing when it was approved, then informing me that there would be a 2nd interview with the committee after the job was officially posted (This was a grant funded research position so a lot of processes to go through/wait on). After COVID hit and not hearing anything for awhile, I reached out in April to follow-up. I was told that due to the pandemic they were having a hiring freeze—likely until after the summer months, but I would be given more information when possible. I never heard anything else. I’ve periodically went on the job site and have seen some jobs posted. There are multiple positions with the same title [Research Assistant I, II, or III] and some of the info overlaps for each, although they are different. The position I was applying for was in this category, but none of the descriptions look exactly like what I was applying for. Is it too late to reach out again? With everything going on in the world, they may have forgotten about our communication back in March. It could be that the position isn’t open, because it did focus heavily on group research and activities that may be affected by COVID. It could also be that some of the people I spoke with then are no longer there or are working in different capacities. I do know that the young woman who introduced me is officially gone. Should I try to reach out to her? Should I forget about it?
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