Being ghosted after an interview is never a good feeling. You spend time researching and applying, build up the courage to interview, and swiftly follow up with a thank-you email. Then, you heard the sound you’ve been dreading: Nothing but crickets.
So, how do you spot a dead-end? How do you know when you’ve followed up too much? And, what should you do if you’re left feeling discouraged?
Don’t worry! We have you covered with a few helpful insights:
Know a dead-end when you see one
Unfortunately, attending a job interview doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed the courtesy of a “yes” or “no” answer. Sometimes, that’s just the name of the hiring game. Simply put, employers are oftentimes busy trying to find the best candidate for their job opening. However, you can avoid wasting too much time following up if you’re aware of these red flags when you see them:
- The company doesn’t know when they’ll make a decision
- You didn’t receive a call when you were supposed to
- It’s been a week and you haven’t heard back
- No one has responded to your emails
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, it’s highly likely the job opening has been filled. As unprofessional as it may be to avoid giving you an answer, it’s best to take the hint and move on in your search.
How much follow-up is too much?
Have you already sent a well-crafted thank-you note to the person who interviewed you? Have you also sent a professional follow-up email within 24 hours of your conversation? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you’re on the right track! If you answered no, it’s time to let your determination be known.
This article includes four non-intrusive ways to follow up after an interview, including a connection on LinkedIn, a series of emails, and a phone call. People are busy and emails get lost in the abyss, so remaining top of mind is especially key here.
After three follow-up attempts without a response, consider it a wash and move on. Any opportunity to interview makes for great practice and will help make the next one that much more perfect!
What to do if you’re in this boat
Have you found yourself in the ghost boat going 0 mph with nowhere to dock? Although it can be hard to admit, it’s best to acknowledge the situation for what it is so that you can spot the warning signs from a mile away the next time you’re confronted with them.
Use this checklist to prepare yourself for your future job search to save the heartache:
- Read these four tips for reducing the stress of a job search
- Download one of these apps for noting your likes, dislikes, and feelings toward the companies you interview with, and also keep track of your follow-ups
- Read these five tips for nailing your best video interview yet
- Watch this video for breathing exercises to prepare you for confident speaking
- Reach out to an experienced recruiter if you need help finding quality job opportunities
Always remember: Have no shame in your game. Take time to reflect, reset, and retool your approach. Look back enough to learn, but learn enough to look forward!