5 reasons why you haven't heard back from a recruiter

Finding a job is tough, but it’s even tougher to remain in limbo whether you landed the job or not. What can you do to deal with it? Photo by: Flazingo.com / CC BY-SA 

You’ve developed a great rapport with your interviewer, answering each question with perfect examples of your experience. You’ve asked insightful questions showing off your keen analytical skills and didn’t even let that gotcha question stump you. By all accounts, you nailed the interview. At least, you think you did.

“We’ll get back to you quickly,” they said, so you start counting down the hours until that inevitable offer comes. But the only thing that follows is silence. “How could I have read everything so wrong?” you wonder, as the days pass and still no word.

“It’s not you, it’s me,” is a common cliché in dating, but the same can be said for the world of hiring.

Here are five reasons you may not have heard back from a job that are not a reflection of you.

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This article was last updated on 14 November 2017

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.