About Recruiters, Part Three

By Randy Wooden, Director, Professional Center by Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina

A common question that job seekers have is why they do not hear back from companies or recruiters after a job application or interview. Let’s explore some scenarios to get a sense of what’s happening on the other side of the hiring table.

If you applied online, you may have received an email saying the company would review your application but nothing more The company likely received many applications. While the company’s applicant tracking system can easily generate an email saying, “Thanks for applying. We’ll be in touch if your qualifications match our needs,” it is tougher to respond further to applications not selected for further action. To be among those chosen to proceed to the next phase of the interview process, it is essential to highlight your stand out qualifications or have someone who can contact the employer on your behalf.

You interview with the recruiter but do not hear anything more The recruiter may not have heard back from the hiring manager regarding next steps. Recruiters communicate with you and hiring officials. The final round of interviews may be underway, or you may be the second option while they are seeing if their top candidate will accept the offer and pass a background/drug check. It may be helpful for you to indicate your continued interest by sending a note or email.

Recruiters play a vital role in the hiring process. We hope these insights are helpful!