You were interviewed for a job you’ve been eyeing for months. Things seemed to go well — you answered all the hiring manager’s questions, she said she was impressed with your resume and they’d call you after a few days.
But two weeks have passed and you still haven’t heard anything from the company. You might have been ‘ghosted.’
But instead of obsessing over the question, “What did I do wrong?”, what you can do is take action and fix the problem. Recruiters and hiring managers have many reasons for ghosting candidates. Your job is not to look for these reasons but focus on reviving your application. Here’s how to do just that.
Follow Up on Your Application
Many job searchers are often wary about following up on their applications with interviewers or hiring managers, fearing they may be seen as being too pushy or even desperate. But given the sheer amount of information managers and HR departments juggle, there’s no harm in making sure these people remember your resume.
The basic etiquette of business correspondence applies here. Send a thank-you note through the mail or email after the interview—preferably on the same day. If you haven’t heard anything after a week, that’s alright. But if you still hear nothing after two weeks, it’s time to follow up.
You can either follow up by phone—especially if you had great rapport with the interviewer—or via email if that’s how the company prefers to do things. Be polite when asking about the status of your application, offering to answer questions they might have forgotten during the interview.
Ghosting happens for a variety of reasons. So, even if you didn’t get the job, it’s important to ask for feedback from the hiring manager, which you can then use to improve yourself.
Many job seekers tend to take being ghosted personally, failing to see it as an opportunity to be better. Sure, it’s an awkward situation to be in, but it’s a simple and free way to improve yourself.
If it’s been more than a few weeks since the interview and you still haven’t heard anything, check back with a short message, recognizing that even if you didn’t get the job, you’d still love getting feedback to improve yourself professionally as you continue your job search.
Ghosting happens to the best candidates, so don’t take it personally. Instead, use the experience as a lesson to improve your job search techniques. For more job search tips, be sure to check back on this blog. If your job search seems to have slowed down, let the staffing services specialists of Star Staffing connect you with our network of local employers.
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