You may have interviewed for a position recently, and you feel like you nailed it. You walked out of the building planning what to write in your letter of notice to your current employer. You started the calculation of the days until you start your new position. You are reflecting on the list of things you needed to do for the ‘perfect’ interview just to make sure you didn’t miss a thing:
- You prepared for the interview ahead of time and arrived 15 minutes early
- You dressed for success – conservative and professional
- You answered every question with a strong and well-thought out answer
- You were introduced to the team and shown around the office
- You wrote a gracious and professional thank you note and delivered it immediately following your interview
In other words, you nailed it. You left expecting a call or email welcoming you to the team, and then… crickets. You hear absolutely nothing! It has now been a week and a half and you have had no feedback whatsoever. Why? What went wrong?
This scenario is unfortunately all too common, and it’s extremely frustrating and discouraging for candidates. If you are like most, when this happens you shake the irritation off and start your search anew, even though this was the job you really wanted. By the time many of these companies ‘get around to’ making the offer, you have totally lost faith in the organization, the luster has turned to rust, and you have falsely convinced yourself ‘it was better they didn’t make an offer because you really didn’t like that company’ has come full circle. This thought process allows you to move on by adding salve to frustration and sometimes a bruised professional ego. Sound familiar?
According to CNBC, the primary reason that candidates turn down job offers is the process itself. For those candidates who are at the post interview super frustrated mode because the crickets are present, just know you’re not alone. There are many different reasons why offers aren’t extended : maybe a last minute candidate applied with an equally good skill set; sometimes ideas or questions are posed during the interview process that allows the hiring manager to realize that the position is not what the organization really needs; maybe a more critical position suddenly becomes vacant and it takes precedence,. Sometimes after the interview, the organization decides that the position you interviewed for is not the one they want you for, and the revisions take time. A simple phone call or email to facilitate open lines of communication would have been nice, right? I know that none of that makes you feel better, but know that you are not alone.
A recent report from CareerBuilder shows that 76% of all employees are either actively looking already or would consider another opportunity. You may finally get the offer, take the position, and stay for a while. But knowing how frustrated you became initially will possibly keep you in the 76% who are still open to a new opportunity: first impressions are everything.