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Balkrishna Pandey
Balkrishna Pandey

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I've had employers shake my hand and tell me the interview went well, but then they go silent. What should I do next?

It can be highly frustrating when you have what seems to be a successful job interview, only to never hear back from the employer. You may feel like you did everything right, but unfortunately, many factors often contribute to whether or not you get the job. If you've had employers go silent after an interview, there are a few things you can do to follow up and try to increase your chances of getting hired.

First and foremost, you should always do before leaving an interview. Inquire about the following stages in the recruiting process. This will give you an idea of how long you should wait before following up and who you should call. If the employer claims they will contact you within a week or two, you can wait until that time has gone before following up. If they didn't mention follow-up, ask whether it's okay to follow up within two weeks to be proactive and check on the candidacy because you are genuinely interested in the position and would like to know either way.

Next, send a thank-you note to the interviewer within 24 hours of your meeting. This shows politeness and appreciation, giving you another opportunity to reiterate your interest in and qualifications for the position.

You can call or email them if you haven't heard from them after two weeks or the period specified by the employer during the interview process. Again, express your enthusiasm for the job and politely inquire about the status of the hiring decision.

Finally, don't be afraid to reach out one more time if several weeks have passed without any communication from the employer. At this point, you might want to inquire about other open positions at the company that might be a better fit. By staying polite and persistent, you improve your chances of hearing back from an employer after an interview - even if the initial response is silence.

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