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EP 943 I have called and emailed the recruiter after the interview but have not heard back. What does this mean?

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Here is today's question:

"After a phone screen, I emailed and left a voicemail for the recruiter and have not heard back.. What does this mean?"

I'll simply say I also don't know how much time has gone by since you did this. I'm going to give you a few options.

It's possible that you did so quickly after the phone interview that the recruiter hasn't heard back yet. That is the most probable scenario. The recruiter hasn't heard anything. That's because my experience is that when recruiter/when firms are ready to say no, they are very happy to let you know that you have been rejected. They don't want any additional phone calls.

Agency recruiters are different but corporate recruiters will let you know pretty quickly.Why? Because they want you to stop calling and if they want you to stop emailing.

Agency recruiters to it a little bit differently. They may tell you or they may just not respond, having the admin or voicemail take messages for them and never get back to you.

Here is another scenario. You have called and emailed and you week has gone by. You still haven't heard anything. What does that mean?

It may still mean that they haven't heard anything from the hiring manager who may be on vacation or have a serious project with a tight timeline or is just lazy and hasn't communicated anything yet OR, more likely, is just lazy and hasn't communicated that they are not interested.

Those are a few variations on how to answer that question.


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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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