Common Reasons an Employer Delays Post-Interview Contact
So, you got through to the interview stage and the interview went well. You feel confident you will hear back soon with good news. The days quickly turn into weeks and before you know it a month has gone by. Justifiably, you’re feeling anxious about the delays in post-interview contact.
Candidates waiting for prolonged periods to be informed of the outcome of an interview is far from an ideal scenario. Unfortunately, also a fairly common one.
While some organisations, as standard practice, send out rejection emails or letters, others take much longer to inform applicants of an interview outcome.
Being in the ‘unknown’ period can be agonising for a candidate. If you are reading this post, it’s likely, you’ve found yourself in that position. We hope the following information may offer some relief if that’s the case.
Common Reasons for Delays in Post Interview Contact
One Crucial Member of the Panel is Absent
It is common for interviews to be conducted by several key members of a company. They do this so that they can collate the thoughts and opinions of several leading members of staff.
Companies believe this helps them employ the most suitable candidate. Of course, it’s true that two heads are better than one. However, gathering those thoughts together after the interview has taken place can be difficult. Not to mention, time-consuming.
In this situation, there can be delays in contacting candidates after an interview. This situation could be further exacerbated if one of the interviewers is absent. Particularly, if the decision has to wait until his or her return to work.
There was a Large Number of Candidates Shortlisted and Interviews are Still Taking Place
When an employer posts a job vacancy they then have the task of sifting through applications. This process of shortlisting the most suitable applicants. How many candidates they interview typically depends on how many applicants they deem suitable for the role. This can range hugely in numbers, anything from one or two candidates to 20, 30 or even more.
As TTP, the charity recruiter highlights, interviewing a lot of candidates takes a huge amount of time.
When you attend an interview you may be one of the first to be interviewed or one of the last. If the employer has a substantial number of shortlisted candidates and you are one of the first to be interviewed, it could be a long time before you hear any feedback.
The Position has Been put on Hold
Business is a constantly evolving entity and companies, no matter how big or small, are regularly subjected to unforeseeable changes. Decisions that are forced by elements such as budget cuts and policy reforms can influence the internal employment landscape of a company.
If you have not yet heard back about an interview, you should not be too disheartened. The job you applied for may simply have been excluded or put on hold for the time being.
The fear of Rejection Beckons
No matter how well an interview went, there are other candidates equally as determined to be offered the job. Failing to hear back about an interview doesn’t always mean bad news, but it can do.
Some companies make it routine to send out rejection letters, emails or phone calls. Others simply don’t have the time or resources to do so. Particularly if there has been a large number of candidates going for the position.
Our team of IT recruitment specialists, aim to make the recruitment process run as smoothly and as anxiety-free as possible for both job-seekers and employers. If you’re struggling with any aspect of hiring or applying, we’re happy to help.