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Young Aussie blasts common work trend: 'Rude'

But recruiter Graham Wynn has revealed why this trend happens.

Keely speaking to the camera in her car
Keely erupted over employers and recruiters not letting her know when she hasn't landed a job. (Source: TikTok)

An Aussie worker has erupted over employers not letting jobseekers know if they've landed a job. The ghosting can kick in at different parts of the process.

Some don't hear back at all after submitting their applications. Others are left waiting for a reply after multiple rounds of interviews or tests.

Queenslandwer Keeley Pejovic was furious when all she heard was crickets following a job interview. But recruitment expert Graham Wynn told Yahoo Finance there's a good reason why this happens.

"When we were telling people they weren't successful, we were getting abusive email responses and phone calls," he said.


He added that it can also be very time-consuming to have back-and-forth conversations with each person about why they didn't get a job, especially if there were dozens of people in the running.

"You'll find a lot of companies now put up on a job ad saying, 'If you've not heard back in 14 days, you were not successful'," Wynn added.

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Pejovic believes employers need to show more "kindness" to those desperately waiting to hear back about a job.

"I understand that you've obviously found someone else that you think is better for the job. That's okay," she said. "But can you at least tell me, like give me a heads up? So I'm not thinking about it for weeks.

"It is not hard to send me a little email, a little text message saying that I haven't gotten the job.

"I took the time out of my day to come to your interview. The least you can do is take a little bit of time to send me a quick little email so I can move on and look elsewhere. I feel like that's just basic common sense and kindness."

She's not alone in her "basic" request as others flooded her post with similar experiences.

"Applied in April and still never received a rejection email even though the job advert is still up," wrote one person.

"This has happened to me like three times in a row," said another.

A third added: "I had an interview start of April, got a follow up email after a month saying they’d get back to me in a week to let me know if I progressed to the second interview… I never heard back."

For those who submit an application and are frustrated when they don't get any feedback, they can blame new technology for that.

The Applicant Tracking System (ATS) has helped employers and recruiters weed out applications that don't specifically meet the needs of a particular job.

The technology will scan an application within seconds and if it doesn't have keywords linked to the job description or requirements then the submission goes in the bin.

"That's why you don't get a response because no one actually looks at your resume," Wynn explained to Yahoo Finance.

If there are enough keywords, then your CV will be forwarded to the next round and a person will judge whether you're fit for an interview or first-round test.

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