Not hearing from employers about your applications? There are many reasons why you never hear back after applying for jobs or even after interviews. We know how this can be frustrating, and this piece is tailored to help you understand why.

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Below are some explanations as to why you are not hearing from employers about your application.

  • Limited resources


This is true for small businesses that may not have the resources to follow up with every candidate. For large companies, they may have invested in software that allows them to notify every applicant where they stand in the application process. 

  • No defined procedures


If a company does not have an elaborate system for notifying candidates where they stand in the application process, then it likely you will never get feedback.

  • You lacked the required credentials


Employers indicate clearly the kind of person they are looking to hire. If you don’t meet the threshold, probably you will never hear back because most employers are only interested in those who stand out.

  • You didn’t submit the required document


Not attaching all the documents required is another reason why you never receive responses from your application.  

  • Your resume doesn’t match the job requirement


Is your resume showing why you are the best candidate? If not, don’t be surprised if you never get feedback. Customizing your resume for every application increases your chances of grabbing the attention of employers.

  • Your resume is messy


To win the heart of employers, you must submit a well-formatted and error-free resume. Not doing so give recruiters a reason to knock you out the hiring process. And that can mean no reply for you.

  • Someone else was hired
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If someone else was considered, the company might decide not to notify you.

  • Change of hiring plans


Many things can affect hiring plans. Change of company policies, management issues and budget allocation are some of the things that can halt hiring. If that is the case, the recruiting team may decide not to respond to your applications.

  • The company is doing more screening


The hiring process is intense. It involves many things. For example, your social media accounts may be screened in the process. And if anything that is not in line with a company pops up during the screening process, there is a chance you will hear back from the employer.

After a job interview

Most of the reasons we have discussed above also explain why you may never hear from employers after a job interview. The company may decide to put the job on hold or may have picked other candidates who emerged a good fit for the company’s culture.

Other possible reasons include:

  • Another candidate who was referred by a current employee and gained an advantage in the selection process.
  • You lied on your resume
  • You used a cell phone during the interview
  • Bad-mouthing about the employer. Watch your tongue as you may be bad-mouthing about your potential bosses
  • Not having a permit to work in the state, country or region where there is an opening

What to do when you don’t hear back


While there are several things you can do if you don’t hear back from employers, the best option is to do nothing. Just be patient as some hiring process are a bit longer compared to others.

The other option is, following up with the employer to see where you stand. We know this is not easy, but sometimes it is the only option. If you decide to follow up, we recommend you wait for at least two to three weeks. That way, you will have given the company enough time to review all applications.

Writing a thank-you note or calling the hiring manager after the interview is another excellent way to follow up, especially after the interview.

Don’t stop the search

It is ok to keep searching for new opportunities as you wait to hear back from employers. Until that time, you are 100% you have the job, keep applying and never give up even when you don’t get feedback. Just do your part well, for example, customize your resume well, and things will work well for you.

Hopefully, you know understand why sometimes you never get to hear back from employers.


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Good luck with your job search!   


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