When do recruiters call candidates back?

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Don’t get discouraged, send a follow-up!

Reset expectations

Do recruiters call back?  Just because you haven’t heard back from a recruiter doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong. If you haven’t heard back don’t give up and don’t assume you didn’t make it to the next stage of the interview process. Career Tracker is here to ease the discouraged hearts and minds of the job hunt. Just remember that the recruiter isn’t just recruiting. Recruiters and hiring managers have other duties and many other positions to fill outside of the job you are interested in. Recruiters have projects with deadlines and managers pressuring them for results. If you haven’t heard back, follow up with our curated library of automated follow-up templates. Until you have heard “you weren’t a fit”, assume you are still in the game. You would be surprised how few candidates follow-up. You would be more surprised how often a follow-up or thank you email will generate a response.

Recruiters call back when they have time

The recruiters will call back when they have something to report back with. If they have worked your position 95% of the way to the finish line with one or two final candidates, then the pressure is off. They are probably filling 8 other positions and have 5 other managers breathing down their neck. It is not uncommon for an internal recruiter to have 20 open positions. In some companies, recruiters also have to solve employee issues, run reports, attend meetings, etc. These projects are deadline or pressure driven. If they are down to one or two candidates to whom they are comfortable making an offer, there is no rush on their end.

Recruiters are also at the mercy of the hiring manager

Like recruiters, hiring managers have meetings, deadlines, and projects. In turn, hiring managers are at the mercy of their VP or department head. All of the stars need to align for a meeting to take place – it comes down to scheduling and coordination. It isn’t you, it is the process, and in a larger company, there is a lot of processes and a lot of layers. It’s perfectly normal to not hear back. – nothing to worry about! Recruiters call back when they can. Recruiters call back when they have a real update.

Key Takeaway: When in doubt, stand out in a crowd of candidates who didn’t take the initiative. Trigger a response with our follow up with our templates.

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