“Thank you for reaching out and I hope all is well with you and yours as you navigate our winter fun! We are extending an offer to a candidate this week, but it is not 100% that they will accept. I should be able to get you an update late this week or early next week, but please feel free to ping me to check status.”
Yeah, dude we’re not f\*cking friends. You just told me you don’t want to hire me but “HANG IN THERE JUST IN CASE” we need to fall back on you.