Reasons Why You Aren’t Hearing Back from Recruiters

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Job hunting is complex process and needs a lot of patience, most of time you go through job posting on various job portals and company websites, we apply for various opportunities that suits our skill sets and know that you can work with the company if given an opportunity. So, you draft an impressive professional mail, triple checked your resume and your cover letter before submitting and finally press the SENT button.

But then days and weeks passes, and you get no response from the company. You check your emails even more than usual. Still nothing, you follow up, and you get no response. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. After a while, you slowly come to the realization that they’re never getting back to you, and you didn’t get the job.

It’s a depressing experience as it brings down many questions like why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process? To help calm your nerves you should know that career experts say there are quite a few possibilities as mentioned below which might be a reason an employer didn’t respond to your application:

  • Your resume wasn’t tailored to the job description

Many employers use application tracking systems (ATS) to screen job applications. These software programs screen resumes by searching for certain keywords, which typically appear in the job posting. If the job posting says the employer is looking for an experienced professional who is “fluent in data analytics,” use the phrase “fluent in data analytics” on your resume. The ATS will pick up on the phrase and realize it matches up with the job description. You need to focus on skills or attributes the company seeks in applicants. Many a times applicants don’t modify resume as per Job descriptions and simply apply for it.

  • The hiring manager was flooded with applications

Looking for a job is a job. After a handful of research various industries and going through few job posting for which you’re qualified (and in which you’re interested.) we apply though we need to check when was the Job posting done. Being early with your resume or application does matter. Many a times we fail to check the date of posting and apply anonymously also Check back often in the first few days to make sure the listing hasn’t changed. Often a company will post a job and halfway through the process change the description. Also, for one particular posting hiring manager receives many applications and half of them are irrelevant profiles so we need to be patient enough with the hiring process as an employer receives hundreds of applications for a position but only has one person reviewing them.

  • You applied too late

It may be the case that you’re not hearing back from a job simply because the hiring process is in its final steps. Sometimes applicants may be submitting applications for positions that are towards the end of the hiring process, to avoid applying to these types of postings is to sort jobs by ‘most recent’ or ‘date posted.’ This will provide a bit more assurance that the candidate’s resume will be reviewed,” he says.

Of course, if a job was posted some time ago but looks like a great opportunity, there’s no harm in applying. If none of the applicants work out or a similar opportunity pops up in the future, then they’ll have your information readily available. 

  • The job was already filled

Sometimes companies post job openings as a formality, despite already having an internal candidate in mind for the position, these employers often have company policies that require them to post job openings to the public, so in reality, there isn’t effectively a position available and the posting becomes inactive.

In addition, some employers don’t take down job postings after they’ve been filled. Why? “A lot of times jobs gets posted and then picked up by other job boards, so employers don’t always know where their job postings are as similar to a job seeker an employee to post on various job sites to get the right suited candidate.

  • You weren’t the right fit

This one tends to be the bitter truth, In many cases, you won’t hear back from an employer because you simply weren’t a good match for the position. Or there was someone who was an even better match than you were. It happens. It stinks. But it doesn’t mean you’re hopeless by any stretch.

  • You are inconsistent in giving data

When a hiring company initiates with the hiring process with you, they expect prompt revert as they need to close the position at earliest. So how prompt are you in telling them about your interview accessibility schedule, giving references, documents, and confirmation of joining? matters a lot. Time is of worth, as much for you; it is same for the recruiter. Don’t seem to be a laid back, a non-committal or even an opportunistic candidate tackling multiple offers.

  • Poor Interviewing Skills

This goes without saying. When interviewing, whether on the phone or in person, speaking and grammar skills are essential. While urban slang or texting abbreviations may be acceptable in social situations, they don’t make a good first impression on a prospective employer. Make sure you are communicating positively and expressing your viewpoint to the maximum.

  • You show inflexibility in compensation negotiation

Having salary and other advantage desires is something to be thankful for, as it implies that you realize what you need from a job, yet just as long as they are practical. Analyze what is being offered to you impartially and doesn’t contrast it and compare it with positions being held by people you know elsewhere. Outline your expectations at the outset of the hiring process, but be willing to give and take a few if need be.

Finding a job is tough, no question. We understand that you apply for multiple job opening but focus on how you put across your resumes and learn to understand importance of skill sets which need to be mentioned in resumes and Cover letter. On other hand network and request feedback and still don’t get a reply, don’t hound the hiring manager. Move on. As much as it pains you to see that job slip from your grasp, know that there are plenty of other awesome opportunities out there. So don’t take it personally – it’s not a rejection of you, it’s a reflection of the times.

Shraddh Shikhare
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Freelance Content Writer @ Mega HR Consultant

MBA in Human Resource from Indian Institute of Management Studies with a work experience of 7+ years into HR Functions. With rich experience in HR And Recruitment, Performance Management, Strategy Development and Implementation, Policy Development, Attrition Management and Creative Retention Strategy

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