The Top Reasons You Didn't Get a Call Back

The Top Reasons You Didn't Get a Call Back

In an ideal world, employers would respond back to every job application with an email or phone call. But the world isn't ideal, and employers don't always give applicants the courtesy of knowing why they didn't select them. If they left you in the dark, there's a chance it was because of one of the following reasons.

1. They Filled the Position

At times, companies list job openings as mere formalities. They may already know who they plan to hire, but have an obligation to list the job. Company policy might mandate a public posting for a period of two weeks or something along those lines. Unfortunately, this means the listing is purely a formality and won't result in a fair hiring process.

Similarly, some companies leave job listings up long after they fill the position. This could be due to the fact that they weren't aware of where the job was listed or that they didn't have time to remove it. Once again, you're left applying for a job opening that's already filled.

2. The Manager was Overwhelmed with Applications

If a company gets more applications than they expect, the hiring manager could be overwhelmed. As much as they might want to contact everyone who applied, they only have so many hours in the day. Your lack of response isn't necessarily a sign that you're not qualified. Rather, it shows the company needs to restructure or find a better way to deal with hiring.

3. You Ignored the Instructions

To weed out candidates, some companies place explicit details in their job listings. They might ask for a specific word at the start of the sentence or another unusual detail. If you fail to read the entire listing and don't follow the instructions, the employer probably won't call you back.

While sending out job applications, you might catch yourself going through the motions. This often causes people to overlook essential details and skip past crucial details. If you see yourself being too robotic, take a short break.  

4. You Have High Salary Requirements

In some parts of the country, it's not illegal for an employer to ask about a candidate's desired salary. An online application could ask you about your requirements and leave you no choice but to write down your current or desired salary.

If your number is much higher than the company's, your application won't move forward. It might not even make it to the desk of someone in HR. Before filling out an application, check the job listing for a salary range. Keep your desired salary within that range to improve your chance of moving forward.

5. Your Resume Didn't Get Past the ATS

An Applicant Tracking System, or ATS, is a tool some employers use to screen job applicants. The system looks for keywords and automatically rejects resumes without those keywords. To have any success, you need to use words related to the job posting.

Before you submit a resume, reread the job listing. Check for words that are repeated multiple times, and use them once or twice in your resume. By editing your resume and tailoring it to the job posting, you vastly improve your chances of success.

6. You Weren't Right for the Job

Even though you might not want to hear this, it's possible that you weren't right for the job. You may have been less experienced, educated, or skilled than they wanted. At other times, there were just better applicants. Whatever the case may be, you weren't right for the position.

As much as this might ruin your mentality, don't let it ruin your drive to succeed. Being wrong for one position only means that job wasn't for you. However, there are plenty of other jobs waiting for you. If you remain positive and continue to apply for positions, it's inevitable that you'll succeed.

7. You Didn't Follow Up

Sometimes, job applications get lost or ignored. If you applied and never heard back from the employer, it could be due to the fact that the right people never saw your application. One way to draw attention to your documents is to follow up with the employer.

At times, the company places the instructions in the job listing. But this isn't always the case. You may need to get creative and look into other ways to find the right contact. For instance, you can check the company's website for an appropriate email or phone number.

8. You Need to Change Your Sights

If you continue to be ignored, there are a few potential issues. One of those problems is the fact that you're setting your sights too high. While it's great to dream about certain jobs, you need to be realistic. You won't receive call backs for jobs in which you're severely underqualified.

Before you even start the job search, you should take the time to think about your qualifications and ideal job. Do you have enough education or experience to have a chance at a job offer? If not, the hiring manager may not even bother to get back to you.

As you apply for work, don't overreach. In some cases, your experience can substitute for education. However, there are lines that employers won't cross. You need to be somewhat qualified for the positions you apply for.

9. They Never Received the Application

On rare instances, your application never went to the right place. Go back into your emails and check your sent folder. Did your email go through? If so, was it sent to the right email address?

Depending on when the job listing was posted, it might be too late to act. But there may be enough time for you to resubmit the application.

Getting Back on Track

In any case, don't focus too much on the past. You can lose sleep thinking of all the reasons you never got a call back. However, it's more important to move forward than to dwell in the past.

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