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    Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

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    any of you has experience applying for (economics) RA roles at universities/research institutes and can comment on their recruitment process? How slow/fast is it? How soon after a first screening interview do applicants hear back?

    I have applied for several roles so far - heard back only from one place, I then had a pretty good phone interview (interviewer reacted interested in what I had to say and asked loads of follow up questions). It's been a week now since that happened yet no news. I know they are probably screening more people but how much is too much in terms of waiting time when it comes to research roles? Is it time to write it off and move on? I REALLY want this job. Help me understand what's going on...

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    Just send a kind email about what the expected timeline is. I am currently working as an RA and can't imagine that my PIs would find that annoying.

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    I agree with pocpoc, a follow-up email should be fine. Although I don't think a week is that long--in my experience the process can be slow.

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    I have thought of following up but at the same time I have read on other sites that it's better not to since reaching out to them may sound like impatience, desperation, etc. This role is at a big research institution and as you said, the process may be pretty slow...

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    When I applied this past fall, I think the longer ones took around 3 weeks. I usually asked about the hiring timeline (+ other Q's) when they allowed me to ask questions at the end of my interviews. Don't be discouraged!

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    Anyone has interviewed remotely (Skype) for RA positions and got hired without doing an in-person interview?

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    Most positions didn't have in-person interviews. There were occasional skype interviews.

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    Sounds good, thanks.
    Did you guys hear back even in cases you did not progress to the next stage of your application after the first phone interview?

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    depends. If you waited three weeks, sent them a follow up e-mail, and still didn't get a reply, I think you can implicitly assume that you didn't make it to the next round (unless they gave you a certain time frame of making their decisions). For the first round (the resume/transcript screening stage), I think it's pretty common to not hear back at all if you didn't make it, since there would be just too many people to reach out to.

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    Re: Recruitment for pre-doctoral RA roles (economics)

    I actually meant after a first (pretty intense) phone interview with the hiring division - it would be great to hear back either way rather than be left hanging there...the entire process may be pretty slow though...

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