The days and weeks after an interview are extremely nerve-wracking – you’ll either be anxiously waiting good news after a really good interview, or dreading the inevitable rejection after an absolute disaster.
However, sometimes you hear nothing. Nada. Diddly squat. At this point it’s common to assume the worst and resign yourself to the fact that you weren’t successful.
But, while it’s not the response you were hoping for – part of the old saying “no news is good news” still rings true.
There are loads of reasons why you might not have heard back – the recruitment may have been temporarily suspended, they might still be interviewing a lot of candidates or they may not have had a chance to make a decision yet due to internal issues.
With this in mind, here are some tips on what to do when you don’t hear back after a job interview.
If the time lapsed since the interview is longer than when you were told you’d hear back by – you’re well within your right to get in contact with the hiring manager to find out what’s going on.
While you might not get the answer you’re looking for – it’s better to know where you stand so you can move forward and focus on the next application.
Remember to always be polite when contacting the hiring manager. You can find more tips on following up here.
Assess Your Interview Performance
If you still haven’t got an answer after chasing the company – there is a chance you might have been unsuccessful, so it’s time to reflect on the experience and pin point where you might have been going wrong.
Take into account how much you prepared for the interview, whether you felt out of your depth while being questioned and how confident you were in your answers on the day.
Thinking back to the interview, can you give you a chance to assess your performance and make improvements for future interviews.
Move On & Keep Your Head Up
Like I said before, there might have been lots of reasons why you haven’t heard back after the interview, and it’s not always because of something you did.
If you managed to get feedback – don’t let it get your down, but treat it as an important lesson and one that you can take with you to future interviews.
Dive back into your networking, job applications and company research. Brush the dust off from the last interview experience and take your job hunt forward. You can apply for hundreds of jobs before the perfect one comes along, so as long as you learn from these experiences and apply them to future job searching, then you’ll be sure to find your dream role before long.
So there we go, some tips on what to do when you don’t hear back after an interview.
Can you share any experiences or have any advice of your own?