I tell clients during the job search process they need to understand that the clock is not theirs. There can be a lot of reasons for this: How many candidates are being considered for a position; are we in the ‘hiring season‘?; is there even a budget in place for the position you seek or is the company just shopping now to hire at the beginning of their fiscal year?; are there enough of the proper management in the office at this time to sign off on the hire?, etc.
But regardless of the reasons, real or imagined, or what the lawyers say you can or can’t say to a prospective candidate, I STRONGLY FEEL there needs to be, at minimum, a basic courtesy message (even if only electronic!) extended to someone who has put all that deeply personal effort into successfully managing what you know is a ludicrous online application process and has made the all-out effort to professionally make the grade. (Remember when that was you?!)
My motivation for writing this is based on an email I received from a friend currently seeking his next opportunity. Please read, review, respond—whatever. I hope you will share that this can become a more robust discussion.
I have nothing more to add to what my friend says so eloquently below.
Thanks so much for thinking of me. I want you to know that I was not ignoring your thoughtful inquiry, but I find it hard to admit that I am struggling to keep my spirits up. I was so optimistic about a position that I had many reasons to believe I would be offered, only to find out weeks later that I was passed over. This was a very hard blow and one that the lack of feedback as to why has been consistently on my mind.
With every rejection a bit of self-esteem is peeled away. I know that I have become far too sensitive, taking it far too personally and therefore become too affected when repeatedly not selected for interviews. Also when someone takes an extra day or week to get back to me from what they promised I feel like I’ve been treated shabbily. Often they become unresponsive when I am checking back to find out the status of positions that I have applied to weeks’ prior with nothing more than an automated response either acknowledging my application or a rejection notice for not being further considered.