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Why Hiring Managers never call You back

 By | Kamy Anderson |

Just as going to a job interview can be stressful, because you want everything to go smoothly and to actually get the job, it can be equally (if not more) stressful to wait for a call back from the hiring manager. As days go by, you keep replaying the interview in your head, trying to figure out if it actually went well or if you have somehow messed things up, and that’s completely normal.

However, what happens when weeks pass by and you still haven’t got that phone call? Waiting to hear back from the hiring manager can be frustrating, to say the least, and, during that waiting process, when you start thinking about all the what-ifs, all you want is an answer – any kind of answer. You just don’t want to keep hearing nothing.

There are so many job applicants these days that sending your application for a certain position can be like casting a message in a bottle out to sea. However, that is definitely not an excuse for hiring managers to skip the phone call but, nevertheless, they still seem to be doing it, and the following are the most common reasons.

You Didn’t Follow Up after the Interview

Following up after an interview may seem optional, but you can be sure that almost every hiring manager expects you to do it. Of course, if you truly are brilliant when it comes to your expertise and experience, you may immediately sweep them off their feet, without them needing any kind of follow up from you.

However, if you really want to stay in the race for your desired job, you should never miss an opportunity to follow up. It doesn’t have to be a phone call because an email can also do the trick. You should simply thank them for considering you for the job and say that you appreciate the opportunity to work at their company. That way, you will stand out from other candidates and have a better chance of actually bagging the job.

You May Be Overqualified

It may sound strange, but it actually happens more often than you may think that someone is actually overqualified for a certain position they are applying for. If a hiring manager considers you overqualified for a particular job position at their company, they may simply proceed with interviewing other candidates without taking the time to let you know in any way.

Why don’t they want to hire an overqualified person? After all, they had seen your resume before the interview and took the time to sit down with you and get to know you better, being fully aware of all your qualifications. The thing is, they may think that you will ask for a high salary due to your qualifications, or that you may simply leave the company as soon as a better opportunity pops up.

As much as everyone would like to work with the best and most qualified people, hiring one for a position that doesn’t require that much expertise or experience is not something employers actually prefer. This is because, if they do hire you and you decide to pursue a better opportunity after a while, they would have to go through the hiring process all over again, so they simply choose the path of least resistance.

The Position You Interviewed for no longer exists

As unusual as this may sound, it is really not uncommon for a certain job position to be simply eliminated before it is actually filled. There are a number of reasons why something like this can happen but, if it does, it’s very important to know that it’s not you – it’s them.

It’s not that you are not qualified enough; it’s simply the fact that the position you applied for doesn’t exist anymore. There may be cuts to the budget, causing the position to have no funding. It may also happen that hiring managers found out that some internal people are excellent for the position, so they stopped the recruitment process. It may also be that employers plan on hiring people later in the future, so they simply want to explore all the possibilities beforehand.

Whichever the reason, hiring managers can be pretty distracted when a particular position ceases to exist and, therefore, they may not have the time to let all the people that they have interviewed know about the new course of events.

They Hired Someone Else

You may not want to hear this but, if you don’t hear from the hiring manager at all, then they may have already hired someone else. This is the most common reason for hiring managers not taking the time to call back the candidates whom they interviewed. They find the right person for the job, stop the hiring process, and simply move on and continue doing their daily tasks.

Yes, it may be rude, but it’s just the way things are. There are a lot of employers who are outstandingly professional and responsible, and who will call or send emails to each and every one of the interviewees to let them know that the position they applied for has been filled because it is the right thing to do in their book.

However, not everyone cares to do it, because they did their job. They interviewed a bunch of people, found the most qualified one to do what it needs to be done, and don’t want to get involved in placing all the calls that they deem unnecessary. On the other hand, they may just be super busy, so don’t take it too harshly. Most importantly, don’t take it personally.

Summing up

There are certainly a lot more reasons for hiring managers not calling you back after an interview, but these are definitely the most common ones. If you are patiently waiting for that phone call, remember that there are some things that you simply cannot control, so don’t be discouraged. While job seekers usually stress over waiting for a response, it is best to put the kibosh on ‘what-if’ thought process by pursuing online skill and career enhancement courses to gain an edge. You can check out any one of the cheap online training courses that will boost your resume and help crack the next job interview without fail.


Author Bio :  Kamy Anderson is an ed-tech enthusiast with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He is an expert in learning management system & elearning authoring tools – currently associated with ProProfs.

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