I had an interview with an UK Institute for my postdoc application last week. At the end of the interview, the PI told me that they will make the decision in a week or two. However, I googled online and I found articles which state that UK Institutes usually make their decisions in two or three days. If you don't hear anything beyond a couple of days, it basically means you are rejected.

I am nervous now. I understand the PI said they will make the decision in a week or two and until today, a week's only past. However, would it hurt my application if I send an email to follow up the decision process? For example, could I send an email to the secretary to ask about the decision process?

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    Don't believe everything you read online. Take into account that the people involved in the decision have a lot of other duties that may make it difficult to schedule a discussion of the candidates. // Waiting is hard. You need to plan a strategy for the waiting. Some people find it helpful to do some spring cleaning. Some find it helpful to dive into a new project, or restart something that was on a back shelf. Regardless, make sure whatever you choose is fun and helps you get your mind off your waiting. Mar 7, 2017 at 5:32

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No. Do not do that. You will receive an e-mail one way or another when the PI makes the decision.

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    understood... just want to know the decision... If it indeed a rejection, I may start to apply for other industry jobs...
    – JumpJump
    Mar 6, 2017 at 19:22
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    1-2 weeks is virtually nothing. Usually could take 1-2 months or more. Be patient. You will get answer soon one way or another.
    – PsySp
    Mar 6, 2017 at 19:23
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    @JumpJump what prevent you from starting to apply elsewhere?
    – Emilie
    Mar 6, 2017 at 22:00

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