/ Asked by vanessa
A recruiter contacted me about a position that I was very interested in so I agreed to let them submit my information to the hiring company. They have since been difficult to reach and they give the impression that I'm bothering them when I send an email to check on the possibility of further interviews. I really want a chance at this job but don't think my recruiter has my best interest. And suggestions on how I should proceed?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Monday, March 7, 2016
Hello,

It's always tough playing the "waiting game" when you're applying for career opportunities. It sounds like you have done multiple follow-ups at this point, so I would consider letting them reach out to you at this point if they are still interested. There are many times when companies put positions on hold, or decide not to hire someone right away, etc. There could be millions of reasons why they haven't reached back out, so I wouldn't take it personally.

Again, I think you have done your due diligence at this  point and I would refocus your time into other opportunities available. 

Hope this helps!  
Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Hello, 
I'd have to agree with the previous answer. You've done your due diligence with following up, now it's up to the recruiter to get back to you.  Not all companies have this, but check your candidate profile to see if the recruiter has updated your status of what step you are in the process.  This maybe their process to letting you know if they are still interested in you or not.
Good luck!


Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 11, 2016
This is always difficult for a job candidate, but keep in mind that the recruiter is likely dealing with hundreds of candidates for dozens of different jobs.  It will be difficult for them to provide a personal touch for all candidates.  That being said, if you have been attempting to reach out to them via e-mail, I would follow-up with a phone call, acknowledging that they are busy, but that you are very excited about the opportunity and would like to learn more about your status.  If they still do not respond, I would then move on.  Seek out other companies or placement firms that can assist you in your job search.  Try not to put all of your eggs in one basket and diversify your approach to searching for a position.
Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Friday, March 18, 2016
Great question! I know what it can be like on both ends, as a recruiter, but also as the candidate looking for a job. Before I started working at Merck, I was working with various staffing agencies in getting my resume submitted to companies. Sometimes the recruiter would never respond back, even after I would follow up, so I assumed they just weren’t interested in my background, and would invest my efforts with a different job prospect. However, if you are not working with a staffing agency, you may have more control in being able to contact the company directly. You could potentially connect with the hiring managers on LinkedIn, and remind them that you are still very interested in the position. With recruiters and managers being so busy, sometimes positions go on hold, so by following up periodically, you are staying fresh in their mind. As a candidate, it’s important to show that you are motivated and enthusiastic about the job, but there seems to be a fine line between being persistent and being considered bothersome to some recruiters. This can vary between recruiters, as some love it when candidates follow up consistently, while others may prefer to contact you when the hiring manager is ready to move to the next step. After the recruiter has provided confirmation of your resume submission, that is your chance to ask what the next steps are, and when you should expect to hear back. If you haven’t heard back from the recruiter in the timeline he/she provided, then I would say go ahead and send a follow up email. You can also ask if you’re still being considered for the role, and if not, you can certainly ask for feedback as to why, and then use this information to guide you in your career development.
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