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What To Do If You Are Ghosted After A Job Interview

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You have done everything correctly. After meeting the recruiter at the networking event, I got a job interview and was invited to meet the team in person. With 15 years of experience in the field, you felt like a star in this role. Then a week goes by. Then two. no thing. You even tried to follow up via email and phone and didn’t get any responses. It’s called “shadows,” and now employers do it too.

Ghosting used to be a term reserved only for the dating world. And yes, potential employees are known to do this to their employers. The term refers to abruptly cutting off contact with someone without giving that person any warning or explanation. And recently, this practice has been on the rise. In fact, a survey by job aggregator Indeed revealed that 77% of job seekers say a potential employer has ghosted them since the pandemic began. And 10% reported that their employer ghosted them even after the company made a verbal job offer.

So, what should you do if this happens to you? Here are some steps to take before and after being exposed to the shadows after a job interview.

Ask for a timetable at the end of the job interview

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One of the best ways to set yourself up for success is to ask the recruiter to set a schedule at the end of the job interview. Find out exactly when you will receive a response in either case. Also make sure who to contact if you don’t hear anything within a specific time frame. This way, you will have clear expectations after the interview.

Follow up after the job interview

If you haven’t heard anything after the job interview as per the given time frame, it is appropriate to follow up with your contact via email. Start by thanking them for their time and affirming your value to the organization. Then, if possible, tell the employer that you are interviewing with another company and sign a job offer. In this way, you are transparent and create a sense of urgency. If you still don’t hear anything after a week or two, try continuing again a few times – but don’t go overboard. You may want to try contacting them via a different channel such as LinkedIn. After the third follow-up, it may be time to move on and focus on other opportunities.

Connect with someone else in the organization

If this is a role you are really passionate about, you could also try reaching out to a different contact within the organization. For all you know, there may be extenuating circumstances. For example, your primary contact might be on sick leave or looking after a sick family member. So don’t assume the lack of communication is always about you.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

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If possible, don’t put all your hopes in one turn. It is always a good idea to interview several employers to create a scenario in which you receive multiple job offers. This way, you will have more leverage to negotiate and insure if one job offer fails.

Leave honest and polite notes

After doing everything possible, you may want to leave an honest and professional review about your interview experience on a company review site like Indeed or Glassdoor. A review like yours will not only help job seekers but also employers. According to Sarah Stoddard, career expert at Glassdoor, “It also benefits employers by helping recruiters and hiring managers identify opportunities to improve their processes and communication so that future candidates can have a better experience.”

If you’ve been wronged after a job interview, know that there’s nothing you can do. In most cases, the hiring manager has changed his priorities or decided to fill the position internally. Whatever the case, employers in the private sector are not legally obligated to inform applicants that they have not been selected. But while you may never find out why a particular company is cheating on you, it can be a blessing in disguise. It just means that there is a better opportunity waiting for you with a business owner who knows your value.


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