Say you've recently completed a technical interview and your last interviewer has handed you back to your original contact in HR, who you haven't heard back from yet (a few days after the interview, let's say). Is it considered acceptable to follow up by pinging the HR contact and requesting any feedback and/or details about next steps? And if it's acceptable, is it wise to do so or is it better to sit back and wait?
I assume the HR contact would have much more to handle than just one candidate's interview, so it's probably a bad idea to annoy them, but it might also be a bad idea to appear unenthusiastic about the position as well. What's the best way to strike a balance between not seeming pushy or impatient or desperate, but also not seeming uninterested either?
And how should the invisible subtext be read? Would the expectation generally be that if they are no longer interested they would say so quickly, so a delay is probably a good sign, or is it the other way around?