10 reasons why recruiters don't call back after interviewing candidates
Know how recruiters work to decode the status of your job application and what it means for your job search.
Did you get calls from recruitment agencies when you shared your resume on job boards and updated your LinkedIn settings?
Was there complete silence from the recruiters later on? Or maybe you had two rounds of interviews with a company and then suddenly the trail went cold? Why don’t recruiters call back, and what does it mean for your job search?
- Did you apply?
Reaching out on a social network, expressing interest in a position or verbally asking the recruiter to consider your public profile does not count, unless you are a senior professional in your industry. If a vacancy has been advertised, you need to have a record of your application on the e-mail, along with a copy of your resume.
- Disorganised process
- Not qualified
- Falling short
- Competition is better
- Something you said
Maybe you stay far away from the workplace. Maybe your junior from a previous company would be your new boss. Maybe you started the conversation with unrealistic salary or benefits expectations. The hiring manager is unlikely to share his true concerns with you and you may either get silence or a standard rejection as response.
- Researcher speak
- Multiple applications
- Warm calls
- Priorities change
TAKE NOTE OF THESE...
1. Future impact
Your current interaction with the hiring manager will impact your future applications. The information that you provided on the call and the recruiter’s final impression of you is invariably documented in an applicant tracking system or in the recruiter’s own database. Be careful of facts, opinions and preferences you share.
2. No disrespect
A job seeker who calls, e-mails or abuses recruiters thrice a day for updates is being a pest. Alternatively, a candidate who has backed out of a committed interview or rescheduled too many times, adversely impacts the hiring manager’s efficiency and credibility. Recruiters have a long memory, so disrespect them at your own peril.
A good recruiter will often reach out to people in the industry without your permission and seek feedback on you. Such unsolicited reference checks help the recruiter avoid risks in the hiring process. The people that the recruiter reaches out to depends on the job you have applied for. Be aware of what the market will say about you.
4. Nothing is confidential
Whatever you say can and will be used against you. The recruiter is not your physician or lawyer, so don’t assume your conversations are confidential. The hiring manager’s loyalty is towards the job vacancy that exists and the employer he serves. However, you can build trust over time if you deal repeatedly with the same recruiter in a small industry.
5. Misunderstand rejection
Many recruiters try to be gentle while speaking with job seekers. When your interviewer has rejected you, a recruiter may say that the vacancy is on hold. If you continue to follow up, you signal desperation, which does not help your case. Instead, thank the recruiter and ask him to reconnect when the vacancy gets active.
(The writer is founder and CEO at Quezx.com and Headhonchos.com.)