6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Heard Back After a Job Interview

Thursday 20 February, 2014

Not hearing back form an employer after sending in your resume and cover letter, often accompanied by a 12 page application form is annoying at best. But after you’ve attended an interview, whether you clicked with the hiring manager or not, there’s something much more personal and even hurtful about hearing nothing from a potential employer.

A few days of waiting around for a response can feel like weeks, especially if you don’t have another job to keep your mind off it in the meantime. Chances are, you’ll start feeling stressed and jump to conclusions about why they haven’t called. Maybe you didn’t answer that question correctly. Was your skirt too short? Oh god, maybe you had bad breath… Shouldn’t have had kebab for lunch.

Stop stressing! If they haven’t called back, it’s probably because of one of the following eight reasons:

Your contact information was lost or wrong 

Yes, you most likely added this to your resume, but make sure it’s also on your cover letter. You’d be surprised how often this actually happens so coveras much ground as possible and add your mobile number to every document you’ve submitted to them, including the ‘thank you’ note (I hope) you left after the interview. 

You didn’t follow up after the interview

You can’t expect the employer to do all the work. Think about it- there may have been hundreds of applicants after the one job. And the manager does have other things to do. So don’t just stand back; make a move first and express your interest by initiating communication post-interview, even if it’s just through the mandatory ‘thank you’ note.

They’ve gone on holiday

This might seem unfair and annoying to you, but hiring managers are people in jobs who probably have leave entitlements and who certainly need holidays just like everyone else. Bad luck if the timing happens to be at a time that is critical for you. Do consider this before you become disheartened, especially over typical holiday periods such as in summer and over Christmas.

They’re not in a hurry

If this is a newly created position, the company is probably not going to be in a hurry to fill it. Maybe they’re holding out on deciding who would be best for it or if they the role is even necessary in the business. Be sure to take note of the date the job was advertised or became available. If you applied soon after the job opened, the company may be spending more time to look around. 

The job no longer exists

It’s becoming quite common for jobs to become redundant and for people to be displaced when technology is restructuring organisations by the minute. It’s a harsh situation for applicants but it’s even more difficult for people inside the organisation so consider how busy hiring managers must be during this time of disarray and don’t take it to heart if they’ forgot to call to let you know the position is no longer necessary

The position has been filled

If the company has already made an offer to someone else, they will not contact any of the other applicants until that person accepts or declines the offer. This can be a surprisingly long process if the person in question is negotiating a salary with the company, is away or if anything else is not running smoothly and you won’t be notified about the job being filled until it is official.

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