So I applied for a position I am very interested in about 3 months ago. Job closed and I got an interview. Interview went well but the hiring manager said there was a candidate that was just a little bit stronger that they were going to offer the position to. They said the decision wasn't final and that I could still be considered but they didn't want me not to pursue other options while waiting.
Then a month afterward, the position re-opened. I didn't re-apply as the instructions said not to if I had already applied. The position closed again. This time no phone call. Now about a week ago, the position re-opened again. This time the close date is set to "Until further notice."
I'm still very interested in the position and I'm wondering what I should do or what I can do. I still have the contact information from the hiring manager but I don't want to be rude by reaching out to them. Do I contact the HR department and see what I can do? Do I just let it go? I've never been in a situation like this before, so I don't know how to respond to this situation.