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Re-Listing a Job Posting

Re-Listing a Job Posting

Alison Green | Ask A Manager

August 16, 2010

If they have rejected you, why not let you know that you were not chosen? Because employers increasingly don’t bother getting back to candidates to tell them they’re no longer under consideration, even in cases where candidates have invested significant amounts of time in the hiring process. It’s rude, inconsiderate, and indefensible, but it’s common.

Are they interviewing other candidates and keeping you strung along? Possibly. Again, we don’t really know. They might be seeing who else is out there, or they might have definitively rejected you in their minds without bothering to tell you, or they might just be really, really slow.

Should you confront the recruiter about the job being re-listed? “Confront” is too strong a word, but yes, you should follow up with her more assertively about your status (assuming more than a few days have passed since your last contact).

Email the recruiter, remind her that you haven’t yet heard back from her after she promised to let you know about the job, and tell her that since it’s now been ___ weeks since you interviewed and you haven’t heard anything, you’re going to assume that you’re out of the running and will be turning your attention to other opportunities. Ask her to let you know if you’re wrong. Be friendly and polite, but be clear and matter-of-fact.

There’s also this: Sometimes I think that the best thing you can do after interviewing for a job is to put it out of your mind altogether (aside from doing appropriate follow-up, like thank-you notes and, if the process drags out, occasional check-ins). The alternative is that you drive yourself insane wondering and worrying and trying to read various signals, and ultimately that stuff serves no practical purpose. They’re going to call you or not call you regardless of how much you stress and wonder and agonize. So for the sake of your quality of life, it might be better to mark some follow-up on your calendar and otherwise pretend it never happened. If a job offer comes in, fantastic — and if it doesn’t, well, you weren’t counting on it or stressing about it anyway, and you’ve been out there aggressively pursuing other opportunities and not getting sidetracked by one that might or might not pan out.

I know that’s frustrating. It’s also the reality of the job market right now, and it might be the best approach.

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