What to do if a Company Ghosts You after an Interview: 4 Tips

There may come a time when a company ghosts you during the recruitment process for your dream job, even though you spent hours of time and effort preparing for and keeping in close contact with the company. “Ghosting” is when a company fails to contact a candidate, without giving a reason. There may even be occasions in which a company ghosts you after promising to contact you after a certain time.

While the concept of ghosting isn’t exactly new, it can be discouraging, especially when a candidate has had fruitful conversations with the company and feels confident about where they are headed. When a company seems to vanish from the earth without warning, it will likely leave you wondering where you went wrong. However, ghosting can occur for many reasons that have nothing to do with the candidate, from poor communication to subpar hiring methods.

There is little a job seeker can do when an employer fails to keep in contact, unfortunately. As a result, ghosting tends to leave you feeling powerless. But ghosting doesn’t have to be the end of your job search. Our tips will help you successfully respond to—and, if necessary, move on from—ghosting.

1. Ask for feedback

As a job candidate, you’re well within your rights to ask for feedback at any point in the recruitment and hiring process. Even though it may feel intrusive at first, asking directly for feedback is an effective way to get the answers you may need. It may even demonstrate a sense of confidence and motivation to help you stand out from other candidates. Remember to be polite, and follow the rule of threes: if you haven’t heard back after three times, it’s probably time to move on with your job search.

2. Network strategically

Make a list of companies you’re interested in potentially working for, and add their contact information. That way, even if one company stops responding to you, you have a list of valuable and relevant people to contact. Even in the event of being ghosted, you’ll always have someone to talk to. Making a list of networks may also help minimize your risk of being ignored altogether.

3. Keep searching

You’ll always benefit from continuing your job search, no matter what. Even if you have your heart set on one role, don’t be tempted to put your job search on hold until you hear back from that role. While taking a short break from a hectic search can be healthy, choosing to put a lengthy pause in your search puts you at risk of losing your momentum and missing out on other opportunities. It’s critical to keep searching for that dream job as if the company has already rejected you. There is always a possibility that the company has made a decision—just not in your favor.

4. Put things in perspective

If you’ve invested a lot of time and research into one company, it can feel almost impossible to move on if they cease contact out of the blue. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to take a step back, and put things into perspective. When a company ghosts you, it can feel as though something is wrong with you; these negative thoughts can pour over into your next experiences. If a company ghosts you, step back, accept it, and move on. After all, you know you’re a talented and motivated worker, and a better opportunity could be waiting for you!

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