Why don’t recruiters call when they say they will?

Why don’t recruiters call when they say they will?

During an interview have you ever had a recruiter make a commitment to call with feedback by a certain date – but they never did? I know this has happened to me more times than I care to remember. But why? Why don’t recruiters call when they say they will?

They are keeping you ‘warm’

This means that you aren’t their first choice for the position but are their back up in case their first choice doesn’t accept the position. Basically the recruiter can’t reject you until they are sure they don’t need you anymore.

Break down in the process

This often occurs when no one takes ownership of your application and therefore everyone thinks someone else is keeping you updated on your application status.

They have no news

This is a common one and basically they just don’t call because they have no news either way. But hey, I’m a big advocate for transparency in the recruitment process so a 2-minute call to let you know what’s going on shouldn’t be too much to ask.

Waiting to interview other candidates

A good recruiter will consider all possible candidates before making an educated decision. If they haven’t met everyone yet they can’t assess your suitability for the role. However, a good recruiter will also meet their promises and keep you updated. So they should be making that 2-minute call to keep you in the loop.

They forgot about you

This one is self-explanatory.

The recruiter is off sick or on leave

Again, no explanation required.

They are a lying A hole

I think we all know one of these. Such recruiters give the rest of us a bad reputation. If you come across one of these there isn’t much, you can do. Play the game with the job ‘gate keeper’ as best you can and live to fight another day.