Introduction Many of us would have attended different interviews during course of our careers and might be aware of feedback we get from company HR or hiring managers after the interview if interview outcome is not positive. Yes right! We never get clear cut answers of Yes/No but, instead, there are a number of different inconclusive answers given most common of which is "We will get back to you or HR will get in touch for furthur process". Based on different situations during interview process there are many other answers that are framed by HR and hiring managers as below:
Feedback to expect after unsuccessful interviews
Final outcome: Second round never gets scheduled.
Final outcome: Interview is never rescheduled.
Final outcome: Candidate never hears back.
Final outcome: HR never comes back with feedback.
So what does this actually mean to a candidate I am not sure how many of you might have come across these kinds of answers but whole idea is to give novice interview candidates an idea that if interview outcome is not positive than in majority of the cases they are not likely to receive clear feedback from HR and hiring managers. Their responses will be something like above and as the candidates gather experience in attending interviews year after year they should be mature enough to interpret these feedback using their own intelligence and common sense.
Having said all this let me make it clear that its not always that you will get such indirect feedback but there are times when HR or hiring manager are pretty honest to convey you that you are not matching to their requirements and they will not be able to take the process further. As per me it is really appreciated when HR gives honest feedback about interview to a candidate even if its negative as at least they are not keeping candidate in dark and he or she can move on from there and prepare for further interviews and not get into false hope and keep on waiting for the feedback from HR. I feel all HR and hiring managers should try to give honest feedback for unsuccessful interviews and so that candidates do not stay in dark.
Reasons behind such feedbackHaving said all these things its also worthwhile to have a look at the things from HR and hiring managers perspective as to why on earth they frame these kind of answers to the candidates. I think sometimes there also may be genuine reasons for them to do so. However, whatever may be the facts, lets look at some of the reasons which I can think of as to why candidates get indirect feedback from HR most of the times.
ConclusionTowards conclusion of this article I would like to add that while there may be both genuine as well as non genuine reasons for HR and hiring managers to pass indirect feedback to interview candidates in case of negative interviews it is left to wisdom and common sense of candidate as to how to interpret these feedback and move ahead in their job search. Its absolutely no problem in candidate calling back HR if they feel so after a week of interview for their personal satisfaction in case they do not receive any feedback, but continuing to do so again and again may be a waste of time for a candidate and also make you look desperate in job market. So candidate should move ahead from here and not dwell on what happened during last interview.
Please note one thing - if the company wants to hire you, then they will contact you themselves without a need for an interview follow up.
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