What to Do When You’re Ghosted After an Interview

Ghosting – it happens to everyone. You think things are going well, great even, but then bam! Deafening silence. You’ve been ghosted after an interview. 

You begin to wonder, “Why haven’t they reached out? Should I reach out to them? I thought they liked me…”  

If this has happened to you, you’re definitely not alone. But if you’re currently checking your email and voicemail every five minutes – take a step back and read this blog to get some perspective. 

5 Reasons Why an Employer May Have Ghosted You After an Interview  

There are many reasons a hiring manager may not have gotten back to you. While there is never a good reason for an employer to ghost candidates, it’s still a widespread issue in the hiring world. Below are the five most common culprits. 

1) The Company Terminated the Role   

It happens more than you would think – a company opens a role, gets a bunch of applicants and interviews a handful, then decides to close the position for whatever reason.  

2) They Found a More Qualified Candidate   

While you may have had a fantastic interview, showcased the right skills and qualities they were looking for, and hit it off with the hiring manager – there’s still a chance that they just interviewed someone more qualified for the role and offered them the job. 

3) An Internal Employee Was Offered the Job   

The hiring manager may have liked you, but their team ultimately decided to offer the job internally. Internal hires are often a safe bet for hiring managers as they are known by the team, have a track record with the company, and are already a cultural fit. 

4) Too Many Candidates Applied for the Position   

Hiring managers are often inundated with applications. You may have had a great interview and been in their top five candidates, but now they need to decide who’d be the best fit. This takes time, and it may take a while before they choose. 

5) The Hiring Process Is Still Ongoing  

The hiring process can take time. If the company is still in the midst of interviewing candidates, or if they need time to consider their options, they may not have an answer for you just yet. 

What to Do When You Think You’ve Been Ghosted  

Most of these reasons are typically out of the applicant’s control, but there are a few things you can do when you are ghosted after an interview.  

Reach Out Via Email 

One of the first things to do when you think you’ve been ghosted after an interview is to connect with the hiring manager via email. Thank them for their time, reiterate your interest in the position, and politely ask for a general timeline on when to expect an answer.  

Try Connecting with Them Over LinkedIn 

If you don’t hear back after sending that initial follow-up email after a week, you can try to connect with them on LinkedIn – they may be more likely to see your message there. Take a similar approach to the email – thank them for their time, reiterate your interest, and ask for a general timeline.  

Consider This a Learning Experience  

If you don’t hear back from the hiring manager after reaching out several times, you most likely won’t be hearing from them. While it’s never a good feeling to be ghosted, there is a silver lining. Take this moment as a learning opportunity – you gained more experience interviewing and have dodged a bullet. If someone can’t take the time to respond to your message, they probably aren’t the best employer to work for. 

Are You Seeking a New Career? Fidé Can Help!  

If you are job hunting and tired of being ghosted after an interview, partnering with a staffing firm like Fidé may be the solution you’re looking for! Our talented team of consultants will help throughout the entire hiring process and always keep you up to date on the status of any employers you’ve interviewed with. So search our open opportunities today to get started. 

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