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What To Do If You Get Ghosted After A Job Interview

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You did it! You landed an interview, you attended and did everything right. Then a week goes by. And then two. Nothing. You might have tried following up via a phone call or even emailed and still haven’t heard anything back. It’s called “ghosting”, and now employers are doing it too.

In this blog post, we’re going to explain what ghosting is and what to do if this happens to you.

What is ghosting and when does it happen?

Ghosting, a term commonly reserved for the dating world is used to describe a situation where you don’t hear anything back from someone.

Ghosting can happen for several reasons, all of which are sadly out with your control.

Here are a few reasons as to why this may be happening to you:

  • The job position has been cancelled. Meaning they no longer need to fill the position.
  • The employer filled the position internally.
  • They received a high volume of candidates meaning they don’t have time to respond to everyone.
  • The hiring process is still proceeding, meaning you might hear back at a later date.

What to do if you've been ghosted

If you think you’ve been ghosted, there are a few things you can do, use these useful tips to navigate through this uncomfortable time.

Send a follow-up e-mail

Before doing anything else, sending a follow-up e-mail is the first step you should take. This is a friendly reminder you’re still here and shows your enthusiasm and eagerness for the role. Here are a couple of lines you could write in your email:

  • I wanted to check in and see if you have any updates on the position? I’m looking forward to hearing about any update you can share and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 
  • Prior to our last conversation, you mentioned you would have an answer for the position by this date. Are there any updates you can share?

Find another way of contact

Sending a follow-up email is great, however, emails can get lost in inboxes or people read it and forget to reply. If you still haven’t heard back from the employer and think this may have happened to you, then consider reaching out through another line of communication such as a professional networking site or by giving them a call.

Be patient

Feel like it’s too soon to send a follow-up email?

Then be patient and wait a little bit longer. Employers have a lot to think about when hiring a new employee and because of this, they need some time to make sure they’re making the right decision. In the meantime, you could start researching more about your role, so you can hit the ground running, or start looking for other jobs just in case the answer isn’t what you’re expecting.

Focus on moving on

If you’ve done all of the above and you still haven’t heard back, it’s safe to say you should start looking for another job. Don’t take this situation as a failure, instead realise you’re better off and the company wasn’t the right fit for you. Now, you can use the interviewing experience you’ve gained from this situation and put your time and effort into applying and landing a job at a company you love. 

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