Didn’t hear from a prospective employer after a job interview? Don’t worry. It may not have anything to do with you.
Not hearing from a prospective employer after a job interview can be stressful, especially if you believe that you have aced your interview and impressed the hiring manager. What could be the reason behind this dead silence and how can you deal with the situation? Here are some possible reasons why you have not heard back despite your stellar performance.
They are not interested. You may have aced your interviewed and impressed the hiring manager but someone else may have done a lot better. Instead of letting you know about it, the employers may have just let everything slip off and chose not to tell you anything about it.
While this is evidently not fair, they may just be overwhelmed with the communication process or they are afraid that they would be opening themselves up for a lawsuit if they disclose the reason why they passed you up. Otherwise, they may just be plain rude and unprofessional.
In such cases, you can send an email to express your continued interest in the company and let them know that you are simply asking for the reason why you were not chosen for the job to enhance your job hunting efforts.
They are still interviewing. Maybe you don’t hear from them because they have a lot of applicants and are still interviewing for the position. To know the status of the hiring process, you should send them an email two weeks after your interview. If you still don’t hear from them, send another email. It is perfectly okay to send a maximum of three follow-up emails within two months.
They are playing the waiting game. Have you applied for a newly created position? If this is the case, your prospective employer may want to see more qualified applicants before finally choosing the ideal candidate for the position or the budget for new hires has not yet been finalized.
The position no longer exists. It is also possible that the position you interviewed for has already been eliminated or has been put on hold due to budgetary constraints. Keep in mind that in this economy, anything is possible. The best thing that you can do in such situations is to wait and see what happens next.
There are a lot of possible explanations why you don’t hear from your prospective employers after your interview. While their lack of action may not be justifiable, you need to understand that it may not have anything to do with you so see what you can do about the situation and don’t let it drag you down.