After getting laid off in September, a friend told me about a publication opening that a recruiter had contacted her about. She wasn’t interested, but she passed along the info to me. I contacted the recruiter, who passed along my info, and I had an interview with the publisher and other managers at the publication two weeks ago. The publisher said he would be interested in doing some sort of a one-month trial, if he could get the details worked out with HR. Sounded promising.
The day after the interview, I sent the publisher references as he requested. So far, none of the references have been contacted. I sent a thank-you card after I got back to town, and then followed up with a phone call last Wednesday, a little more than a week after the interview. The publisher said they appreciated my enthusiasm for the position, but they still needed more time to decide and (big red flag) needed to get in touch with the recruiter to see if there were any other applicants. I haven’t heard from him since then.
Then today, I found that the recruiter posted the opening on Craigslist last Monday, a week after my interview. Should I assume that they’re moving on to other candidates and don’t have the balls to tell me? Can I somehow ask the publisher if I’m still in the running?
I feel sick to my stomach and nervous as hell. I really thought the interview went well, but now I don’t know what to think.