Master It Monday: The Recruiter Loved Me, Then Ghosted Me


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Article Share: The Recruiter Loved Me, Then Ghosted Me
By: J.T. O’Donnell

Crazy story… my company launched a free, private career support group on Facebook four months ago. We thought we’d get a few hundred members. We now have over 32,000 members (and counting). It’s where people share experiences and offer support to one another as they navigate various career challenges. This is one of the most popular…

“I had an incredible conversation with a recruiter from a company I want to work for. The job is perfect for me. She said she was going to pass my info along to the hiring manager and she’d be in touch with next steps. A week went by and I heard nothing. I emailed her, but no response. I called and left a voicemail. Still no response. I feel like a fool. Why would she lead me on like that? Why wouldn’t she just tell me if I wasn’t a fit? It’s rude and disrespectful. What can I do?”

Anyone who has ever been in active job search mode has likely experienced the situation above.

It’s tough to deal with. Especially, when it happens repeatedly. It sucks the career confidence right out of you – making you feel jaded and angry towards recruiters, because rejection always feels personal.

As someone who works with lots of recruiters, while I can’t defend their actions, I can tell you four common reasons why you didn’t move forward in the process:

  1. You were a fit, but so were 5 other people. After talking to you, the recruiter had more phone screens and one or more of the people she spoke to were an even better fit than you. Since she’s only supposed to submit the top three candidates for consideration, you didn’t make the cut.
  2. The hiring manager said “no”, and the recruiter can’t explain why. After submitting your credentials to the hiring manager, the recruiter got a “no” without any real explanation as to why. She’s frustrated but can’t let it show because the hiring manager is her customer. So, she goes back to the drawing…
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