If you're getting no response to job applications, here's the main reasons why.

Reasons Why You Might Get No Response to Job Applications

We suggest some realistic reasons why you might get no response to job applications from employers or recruiters.

Job boards (like Indeed, Total Jobs and CV Library) advertise many jobs across the greater Stockport and surrounding areas and many of these roles need filling, and they need filling fast. You may apply for a job on one of these websites, and you may not get a response. If this happens, it is always disappointing and can often lead to a loss of confidence. It isn’t, however, the end of the world and we explain some genuine reasons why some employers may not get in touch.

As frustrating as this may be, it is probably not you. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why we may not get a response from an application.

Although we assume digitalisation should surely make this process easier for recruiters, there are plenty of other constraints that can impact the process.

Here are the top 6 reasons why you might not get no response to job applications from employers:


Time is one of the biggest constraints. When there is little to no personal interaction at the first stage of an application, many recruiters do not feel it necessary to contact unsuccessful candidates. This is a point in the hiring process that they know they can easily save time on. The results of a busy hiring period could mean back-to-back with interviews, therefore providing less time for essential admin tasks which unfortunately take priority.

Poor Processes

Poor processes and a lack of resources can result in a badly managed recruitment process. Even those successful may have to wait a long time before being offered a role due to poor processes. This can result in administrative tasks taking longer and a lack of collaboration between stakeholders.

Waiting for Another Candidates Response 

It can be costly for an employer to put all of their eggs in one basket, so they may choose not to inform those who were close-cut until their top candidate has responded and officially accepted the offer. 

Diversity Hiring

In the last few years, diversity hiring has become more important for businesses. If they have set out for a particular diverse hire, they may choose not to engage with those who do not meet those preferences.


Even having chased up your application with a personal email, departments with less funding like that of an HR and Recruitment department, usually have less staff and resources than revenue-generating departments. These inquiries are also generally not metrically tracked to review ROI, so again, it can automatically get classed as non-priority.

Software Deemed you Unsuitable 

With time being a big constraint as we said, those businesses lucky enough to invest will use an applicant tracking software to automatically determine the success of your application through various parameters. Although we may not know why our application was pushed out, we can prevent it. Why not have a read our blog on the 6 Ways to Beat CV Parsing Technology.

So, what are the best ways to approach an employer/recruiter?

  • Contact them directly through a work email
  • Contact them via social media sites such as Twitter or LinkedIn
  • Ask about the status of requisition, not just the progress of your application
  • Respond to their emails and calls as timely as you can
  • Give them enough time to process the application and decide before following up

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