When candidates come enticingly close to getting an offer and have jumped through all kinds of hoops (multiple interviews, writing tests, take-home assignments, salary discussions), only to have the interviewer seem to drop off the face of the earth, it can make for a hard landing for applicants who were expecting an offer any day. So reports Forbes.
Here are some pointers on what is and isn’t advisable for spurned job-seekers to do, for their own good:
It’s OK to grieve the loss – privately. Tell it to your spouse, best friend, confidante, or dog. Don’t air it on Facebook or LinkedIn. A negative social media posting can only reflect badly on you. Plus, you don’t know if a prospective employer might see it, but assume they will.
Don’t air your sour grapes with anyone at the company that rejected you. You can rationalize the disappointment any way that makes you feel better, but leave the 'I’m Still Here' soliloquy to Broadway actors.
Keep it all in perspective. The interviewer or hiring manager may seem like a jerk for leaving you high and dry or not returning your calls/e-mails, but they may be simply acting in line with company policy. Some firms simply don’t provide feedback.
Don’t burn a bridge: if they liked your candidacy overall, you may get called back about another opportunity down the road.
Learn from experience, but don’t obsess over it. Let go of the rejection as you move on to the next opportunity. It’s a tough loss, but the baggage can only hold you back.