I had a PhD interview last week, the professor send me an email:

Thanks for taking the time to participate in the Skype interview. We are a bit delayed in making decisions, but I to get back to you on Tuesday 3 November. Have a nice weekend,

However, I have not got his Email yet. What happened? I wrote a email to him after Tuesday, but no reply. I think that I am just a substitute. I gave up hope of this position. But I really like this project. What can I do?

  • Sometimes people make plans and then completely forget about them. Just sent a short, polite reminder email to the professor asking if they have an answer yet, and I'm sure they'll respond soon enough. Commented Nov 6, 2015 at 20:29

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As you already assume, it's likely that they have settled for another candidate. However, the fact that they didn't reply to your request indicates that they're not quite ready to dismiss you. Maybe their preferred candidate has not agreed to the position yet, and they want to keep their options.

The only thing you can do is write them another polite email, expressing your sincere interest and motivation to do the project, stating again why you think you are the best candidate. In case their first choice declines, you might be in for a good start.

But in any case, I'd wait out Monday morning, assuming that that's the deadline the other candidate might have negotiated for a decision.

  • Thank you for your answer! I do like their project. I would like to ask the professor what is the final decision on Monday. Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 15:14

I will wait for one, maybe two weeks and then send a polite reminder, something like "I would like to know if you had the chance to review my application and reached a conclusion, or other wise if you have in mind a time frame for a conclusion". Also you could contact one of the post docs in the lab and ask upon it.

  • That is a good idea!!! Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 15:11

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