You aced the interview and received a positive feedback about your employment application, so you’re feeling positive about getting hired. Unfortunately, however, a recruiter informed you that the position you’ve been eyeing is no longer available, and the company can no longer make a job offer. You stop and wonder, what went wrong?
Rejection is less painful when you personally know that you failed tests and interviews. But when recruiters give you high hopes then suddenly leave you hanging, it can get downright. Today, we talk about some of the reasons behind your potential employers’ decision not to pursue your application.
1. The requested budget was not approved
Job seekers assume that when companies post vacancies, the position and budget have already been approved. Sometimes, recruiters do this to make it in time for the hire. So while their request for manpower is under review, they start scouting for qualified people for the position. However, those who are in power over the recruitment team can order them to stop the hiring process if they think the position will add unnecessary cost to the company.
2. A buyout took place
When the company you applied for suddenly decides to merge with another organization, the direction of the hiring process can suddenly change. They might consider absorbing old employees to prevent layoffs. This can put people who were called for an offer in the waiting list while they restructure teams and departments. In situations like this, you might have to wait for a few more months until they resume hiring. That is if they decide to hire new employees at all.
3. Politics came into the picture
Recruiters may have been impressed with your qualification and interview, but if senior colleagues eagerly recommend and vouch for people they know, you can expect your application to be at the bottom of their priority list. They’re most likely torn between hiring qualified applicants and maintaining good relationships with their coworkers. Some choose the latter to avoid conflicts, and because they may also value recommendation from their coworkers.
4. The position was filled internally
The recruitment team stages the full hiring procedure even if they’re already eyeing some internal employees for certain positions to uphold fairness. Seeking candidates outside the company can also help them search for a new pool of talents. However, if an internal candidate also applies for a position you’re vying for, they might consider the one whom they already trust and has a background working in the business.
The next time you feel that the hiring process runs smooth, don’t automatically assume that you have the job position in the bag, and end your job search. What matters is that you’ve done your best in the entire recruitment procedure. Sometimes it’s simply not you, it’s them.