So you didn’t hear anything after a job interview… – HBR.org Daily | Region & Cash

You applied for a job and actually received feedback from the recruiter. Not only that, you’ve reached the first step of the application process: the recruiter screen. What should you do if you encounter silence after this interview or even later in the process? The good news is that silence doesn’t always mean rejection. The author shares common reasons why you might hear crickets after the interview – and what you can do about it.

When looking for a job, it’s not uncommon for an application to go unanswered for weeks or not at all, even if you have the skills and abilities you want. At this stage in the process, your resume may not even be viewed. But what if you get that callback and then experience silence during the interview process? It’s nerve-wracking, but the good news is that silence doesn’t always mean rejection. Here are the most common reasons for silence after interviews and what to do when it happens.

After a recruiter screen

Even if you’ve spoken to a recruiter, that doesn’t mean you’re actually a candidate. Recruiters typically juggle more than 10 job openings at a time, which requires screening dozens of applicants to find enough viable candidates to present to a hiring manager. Typically, the hiring manager uses the information gathered by the recruiter to determine who will enter the hiring process. It can take time for recruiters to get time on hiring managers’ calendars, and then for managers to make those decisions. If they are not happy with the candidates originally presented by the recruiter, the manager may want to see more, which could delay decision making and the next round of interviews.

To avoid silence early in the process, ask during the recruiter screen, “Based on the candidates you’ve screened so far, what else do you need to know about me to make me a top candidate for this position?” ‘ Or, ‘Do you see me making progress in the hiring process based on the candidates you’ve met with?’ It’s better to get an honest answer than to wait out the silence, even if that answer changes with more candidate screens could. You could be a top candidate today but later be knocked off the list by more experienced candidates who come along.

After a hiring manager or panel interview

If you make it past the recruiter screen, the hiring manager and other stakeholders can interview you. Here are five main reasons why you might be mute after one of these interviews:

Discuss delays.

The interviewers conduct the debriefing either separately or together with the recruiter and the hiring manager. Candidates don’t all interview on the same days, which means interviewers don’t share feedback on the same days either. Unfortunately, not every interviewer provides feedback in a timely manner, and it can take time to align all interviewers’ calendars for a debrief.

offer formation.

The hiring manager and the recruiter might be debating how to make someone a competitive offer – maybe you just aren’t. And if you’re not first choice, you might be number two and may have to wait in silence until the top candidate declines the offer. The backup often gets the job!

Hiring manager/recruiter unavailability.

In the midst of the hiring process, a hiring manager or recruiter may take a vacation, go on a business trip, get sick, or be at a conference. These are short-term delays. Other delays can result from a hiring manager being furloughed or leaving the company. Yes, that happens! In these situations, the hiring process is usually put on hold as the company tries to figure out if it will proceed with the hiring and who will lead the process, while at the same time filling the manager.

job change.

Once a job is posted, the job description and criteria may change, or the job may be suspended or canceled due to changing economic or business needs. This often happens as there are fluctuations and uncertainties in the economy that could affect sales. Businesses may change their hiring strategies, and hiring managers must reassess what they need while also cutting budgets.

ghosting.

If you encounter silence from the recruiter no matter how many times you check in, you have been ghosted. This is awful and painful and should never happen, but it does happen and it could be for any of the reasons above.

How can you know which of these situations you are in and how should you deal with them?

listen carefully

At the conclusion of each round of interviews, make an appointment with the recruiter, let them know how you think the interviews went, and ask, “When will you be meeting all candidates with the hiring manager?” The debrief date or time frame is critical. If the recruiter does not communicate with you after this date, you are most likely not a top candidate. If they communicate with you, you’re probably among the first two or three candidates. If they say, “We’ll make some decisions next week,” and the debriefing timeframe has expired, either the hiring manager hasn’t made a decision or, more likely, the recruiter has offered the job to another candidate they’re waiting for Reply before being rejected as you may be the replacement.

Don’t take silence personally

If you made it through the recruiter screen, interview with the hiring manager, and another round of interviews but ultimately didn’t get the job, it means your resume shows your experience and your interview skills are solid, but you did were not the best candidate. The rejection may not have anything to do with you – it may rather be about the skills of competing candidates. While it’s always good to check in with the recruiter, they may not always respond if you’re not a top candidate or if the position has changed or been eliminated. Some recruiters build relationships; Some don’t and simply focus on the next vacancy. The best thing you can do is move on and realize that it wasn’t as perfect a job as you thought it was.

Silence sometimes speaks louder than verbal communication. Be bold enough to ask meaningful questions to understand where you are in the hiring process. And most importantly, even if you think you’ve mastered an interview, never stop applying for jobs until you’ve received and accepted an offer.

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