“Why haven’t I heard back from my interviewer?” This is one of the most common questions asked by candidates. According to a CareerBuilder study, as many as 75% of applicants say they never hear back from companies they have applied for. Companies looking for help are companies that need help, and their lack of communication typically signifies their need for an on-board applicant ASAP. As recruiters, Blue Signal has extensive experience working through every step in the hiring process from submittal through offer acceptance. We have taken thousands of candidates through many hiring processes, and have found that no two companies handle it exactly the same. However, there seems to be common themes that come after an interview. If you haven’t heard from your interviewer after what you believe to be a successful interview, this may be why.
1. Decision-Maker Scheduling Issues
Just like any business operation, there are certain players in the process that have to be involved to gain approval. And, just like every other employee in a business, hiring managers have busy schedules and competing priorities. The fact of the matter is: you might not have heard back after an interview because of scheduling conflicts, someone being out of office, or just plain logistics. Making a decision to hire is an important choice for any business and can take time, especially when having to navigate some unfortunate hierarchy hurdles.
2. They are Interviewing Others
When looking for a job, you probably set out to apply to several roles at once. While landing the job requires certain skills and experience, it also is a slight game of numbers and favorable terms - where you always want more chances to win. In the same way, companies look to interview several qualified candidates before making a final decision on a hire to ensure they are getting the best of the best. If you have been waiting to hear back from the company after your interview, they could be putting off contacting you to make sure they weigh out their options. No news might be good news in this case! If they are interviewing others and haven’t passed on you yet, you might be in consideration among their top picks.
3. Too Many Opinions at the Table
Depending on the organization, the sheer number of voices in the decision-making process might factor into why you haven’t been contacted yet. Even if you have met several people throughout your interview rounds, there still may be other people in the process that need to review your credentials. Those that you have met probably have to meet and make deliberations. There are many organizations that make this mistake by having too many people involved in the process, and it ends up setting back their schedule. There is nothing you can do about this, but it’s something to keep in mind when considering a new company. This means they really value employee input and having teams collaborate to make decisions, right?
4. Their Plans Have Changed
After companies have reviewed several candidates for a role, we have often seen the parameters of the job change and evolve to the market. Sometimes, they see such great candidates they want to make the role higher-level or have the hire take on more areas of responsibility. Other times, they see a need to bring on more than one person for this position in their organization, and are trying to budget out two new hires. This is a good thing! That might mean that the role you initially applied for is now an even better opportunity. The downside - this can mean a delay in their hiring process. They’ll want to wait to reach out to you with information til after they have ironed out the details, so their delay could be a courtesy.
5. Slow Interview Process
Especially with bigger organizations, the interview steps can seem never-ending. Meeting with other people, getting approval from extra departments, and having more screenings can slow down the interview process for all applicants. Being thorough isn’t a bad sign, however delayed communication could be a bad side effect. To avoid this and get a better sense of their timeline, it’s best to always ask interviewers what the next step in the process looks like before leaving an interview.
6. Hiring Freeze
These are a recruiter’s least favorite words. Hiring freezes can come from a number of factors: budget changes, market delays, the economy, team restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, shifts in management, and much more. In this case, there is nothing you could have done to avoid it. Consider that they might be holding out information to see how long the freeze will last in the hopes it ends before noticed. They also might need to protect proprietary company information in some cases. Regardless, when you have representation within this process, like a recruiter, you usually gain better insight into instances like these.
7. They Went with Someone Else
Everyone hates rejection, but it’s just part of the interview process. All industries are competing for top talent, and you might not have been their #1 pick. That’s okay! For all you know, you may have been overqualified, or an internal promotion may have made more sense at the time for the business. Whatever the case, try to keep a good relationship with companies you have interviewed with by sending thank you notes to follow up. Who knows, in the future they might have a role better suited to your expertise, and your gratitude and class could leave an impression that makes you their first call when that other role opens up.
No matter the industry, job, or reporting structure, no two interviewing processes are the same. Companies should treat interviewers with perception in mind, reflecting the best their company has to offer by keeping their lines of communication open and clear. But that’s on them! The best you can do is set yourself up for success by working with someone on the inside, like a recruiter! Recruiters are your best tool for representation and communication for a potential new gig, and can help answer questions about slow response times after interviews. Our job is to be in constant contact with hiring managers to see what they are looking for and why. It’s literally our business to know how your interview went! We have direct lines to client’s internal changes as well as the market shifts, and can provide you behind-the-scenes insight into their hiring strategy. We can help you with anything from interview preparation to salary negotiations, making sure that your start into a new company is a successful one. Talk to one of our Blue Signal recruiters today to see what opportunities they have available in your space! We’d love to represent you, and help you skip the guesswork after an interview.