We’ve all been there: you go in for an interview and feel confident, only to go weeks or months without hearing a word for the company. You’re mystified and truly have no idea why you heard nothing from the business. While it’s hurtful and can damage your confidence, understand that the reasons behind the disappearance probably have nothing at all to do with you. Some of the most common reasons why you didn’t hear back after a job interview include:
The “open” position fell through and they’re dealing with the aftermath
Sometimes a company has every intention of hiring for a particular role, but as they get into the depths of the interview process, things change. Maybe they realize they have an internal candidate who’s perfect for the role, or they figure out that they simply don’t have the funds to pay an additional salary. Once this happens, they’re trying to determine how to rearrange personnel in order to accommodate these changes. It’s unfortunate, but it has nothing to do with your talent level.
They’re worried about legal ramifications
Some particularly cautious hiring managers may be afraid that by having a conversation with you after an interview they’re opening themselves up to a legal issue, particularly if you ask for feedback about what you could have done differently. Instead, they avoid the issue all together.
They’re uncomfortable telling you the truth
Remember, hiring managers are people too, and many people can’t stand confrontation. The hiring manager may have been too afraid to tell you the bad news, so they avoided the subject in hopes that you would just go away or forget about the job.
They actually forgot
If the person brought in dozens of candidates for an interview, they may honestly have forgotten to notify you due to the sheer volume of individuals they saw. While understanding the reasoning behind this issue may not soften the blow, it can help you to stop taking the hiring manager’s disappearance personally. Truthfully, in most instances it’s really not you; it’s them.
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