I currently have a job for which I have received performance awards. My same job--same duties and responsibilities--opened up in the same company, but in my hometown city. I am anxious to go back to my hometown, so I really want that job. I would imagine my chances are high, but I don't want to put my hopes up. Anyway, since I work in the same company, I was able to find the email address of the hiring manager. Right after I applied I emailed him to indirectly express my interest in the job by asking him questions about the projects they do, answers to which I couldn't find myself. He responded to that email by basically saying thanks for the interest and providing the answer to my question.
Now, I will be in my hometown for vacation next week. I took a few working days off, so I would be available for an in-person interview, should they consider my application (which I'm sure they will). The position closed this past Thursday. I thought about sending the hiring manager another email this coming Friday to re-express my interest in the position and indicate that if my application is considered, I would be available for an in-person interview while I'm in my hometown. The thing is, I currently live an 8-hour drive away from my hometown, so if not for those dates, I would have to do a phone interview (which I don't like).
Would it hurt my candidacy if I were to email him about my interview availability? Would it be too presumptuous? Note: HR is not involved in the hiring process at my company. The hiring manager oversees the entire process, so I can only contact him about the position.
One option is to email him to check on the status of the app, and if he responds, tell him that I will be available for an in-person interview.