It’s one of the most disheartening feelings in job searching: you’ve just gone through your interview process, answered all their questions, and thought you were a shoo-in for the job — only to never hear back from the hiring team again. It’s called “ghosting,” and unfortunately happens often in today’s job market.
What Should You Do After Being Ghosted?
Why do interviewers “Ghost”?
Interviewers may ghost after an interview for a variety of reasons. One possibility is that they’ve simply moved on to other candidates and don’t want to waste any more time communicating with you. It’s possible that they simply forgot to follow up, or they may have been expecting a response from you that never came. No matter the reason, it is always frustrating and difficult not to receive a response after an interview.
What should job candidates do?
When a “ghosting” happens, remain professional and take time to review what happened in the process, and adjust your strategy accordingly. Here are four essential steps for interviewees:
Follow Up With a Polite Email
After some time has passed and you still haven’t heard back from the hiring team, it’s a good idea to follow up with a polite email. Address all the points of contact included in your job application and include a friendly message that shows appreciation for their time. This is also an opportunity to ask questions about their decision-making process or provide additional information if needed.
Take Time to Reflect
Reflect on the interview process. What did you think went well? What could you have done differently? This can help you identify areas in your interviewing skills that need improvement and make changes for future job applications.
Continue Your Job Search
Don’t let ghosting prevent you from advancing your job search! It can be discouraging, however, having a few upcoming interviews or leads in the pipeline will help keep your focus and enthusiasm alive. Keep pushing forward – use every experience as an opportunity to learn and grow professionally.
Don’t Take Job Rejection Personally
Being ghosted often has less to do with you than it does with the company or its hiring process. There’s no need to take it upon yourself to fix their system or second guess why they might not have responded. Instead, focus on the good experiences you had and continue building your professional network and career path.
After being ghosted after an interview –don’t get discouraged. Take some time for introspection, reach out tactfully, and keep searching! With unwavering positivity and determination, you can soon find a role that suits you like a glove.
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