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One of the great complaints the job hunters have, both from corporate and agency recruiters, is that they do not get feedback when they are rejected for position.

I explain why firms don’t give feedback to job hunters. 

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Why don't companies give feedback?
I am going to give you very, succinct answers.1. By not responding, they are giving you feedback.Your background doesn't fit a job you applied for. That is very clear feedback. You just don't like it. You want to be told why.

Why they don't tell you why they don't respond to your resume or chose someone else to interview, why your interview, cause them to reject you in the 1st place, the 2nd plot point, the final interview… Why aren't they communicating?

Why should they? Because you want to know? When did you wind up on their payroll? When did you become the individual that they were supposed to focus on?

"Oh, it would be very nice if they did that. It would show great respect and care for me if they did that."

That is not the job. Their job is to fill positions and to hire people to do stuff.

"But it would only take 2 or 3 minutes!"
Not when you start arguing with people and that is really what happens a lot of times. People go, "But but but but but… I know I can do this job!" And there is no convincing them at that moment that their background doesn't fit.

As a result, firms have learned by the behavior of your predecessors not to risk wasting time by giving you honest information.

Sorry, the people who have preceded you have soured the well. They have poisoned it by arguing. They've done it by behaving in ways that cause employers, "Screw it. There is nothing in it for us. Don't bother."

I know as a third-party recruiter, every once in a while, I have shown mercy and have told someone what has been said. I want to acknowledge that at times I have heard discriminatory things from firms and I argued with them about their bigotry and been taken off the vendor list as a result. I won't stand for bigotry.

That's the issue, often with employers. They don't want to be identified as bigots because the real reason is you are too old, you are too young,, you are to this, you are to that.

If it is a knowledge issue, let's break it down further.

Your resume doesn't show that your background fits the job. Sorry. What else are they going to tell you. They didn't respond.

They saw better resumes. "What made those better resumes?" What difference does it make? Your background wasn't good enough to get in the door.

If it is in the interview phase, I must, in all honesty tell you that you already know.You know there are points in the interview that you didn't perform well so just accept the fact and you learn something from it. 

You don't have to be told to your face that the issue was your performance.


You sensed it during the interview, you lost their attention at particular points… If you are a fresher or an entry-level person at 1 of these mass interviews (a firm brings in 40 people), a certain number of people performed better than you, they had better education, the better answers to interview questions, they prepared better for the occasion.

A lot of the reasons you don't get results, I cover at because the issue often is lack of preparation or poor preparation. I coach people through the site and answer questions. But, more importantly, I provide time by offering great content that you can review at your leisure. Videos, podcasts, articles, all my books are there to teach about job hunting. Everything is there that allows you to learn you need to know in order to be effective with your job search. 

You don't need them to tell you. You see where it is breaking down. As I've said many times, if you are not getting calls about your resume, your resume stinks or you don't demonstrate that you have the skills to do the job that you are applying for.

If you're getting to the phone interview, but not being invited in for an in person interview, you don't phone interview well.

If you invited in for the in person with the hiring manager and you are not invited back,… You see where I'm going with this? Everything in the process gives you feedback.

The thing you need to do is improve, not whine. That's really what this question is. "Why didn't they give me any feedback? I want to know why question!"

They are telling you and they are giving you feedback. The system demonstrates why and where it is breaking down. Don't be foolish. Just improve.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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