About a month ago, I had a meeting with a man who is in HR at a local hospital. This was part of a project I am working on at my current job, not an interview.
Last night, I was perusing the job listings and saw a listing for a job at that same hospital, a job that I think I am well-qualified for. The department that he heads is one of the ones listed as a department that the person in this position would work closely with.
I applied for the job online. Then, this morning, I called him to make a general inquiry about the position and to see if he could/would give me any information about the type of person they are looking for.
I got his voicemail. I have to admit, I did not leave as smooth a message as I would hope. I did remind him of our meeting and the type of work that I do, and asked if he could please give me a call back when he had about 10 minutes to talk, so that I could ask him about “a tangentially related matter.”
No, I have no idea why I used that phrase. I guess I just thought that it was unsubtle to leave a message saying, “I met you in the context of explaining what my organization does and how we might be able to partner with you…but now I’d like to talk about an open position you have.” And it is tangentially related, in that I currently do a lot of the tasks that they are hiring for.
I figured that IF he called back, I would be able to explain further. He had his assistant call me back, though, and set up a time to talk on Friday.
So…now I’m wondering—is it OK to keep this phone time on Friday without further explaining that I am calling about an open position? Would you feel duped by not getting that kind of heads-up? I kind of feel like, if I had gotten him on the first phone call, he would not have a head’s up, either, so what’s the difference? But part of me wonders if he will think I have misled him as to the intent of my call.
If you can’t tell, the whole networking thing leaves me baffled at times. So, I’d like some advice.