The Real Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job

Don’t be afraid to make the first move

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Applicants must initiative conversation to receive a follow-up. | iStock.com/BartekSzewczyk

You should always be the first to initiate conversation after an interview. When companies are busy fighting fires, it’s easiest to pay attention to the lowest hanging fruit and the strongest flames. Be that fiery flame by following up in a timely manner. It’s best to send a “thank you for your time” email or leave a quick voicemail within 24 hours of your first interview.

But make sure you reach out to the right person via the appropriate medium. LinkedIn career expert Catherine Fisher tells CNBC building real relationships with the right people can help avoid pesky ghosters in the first place. “Make sure you’re reaching out to the right person, taking a look to make sure that you’re contacting a person in your area or department of interest, not just randomly clicking on people to reach out to because you’re interested in the company,” Fisher said.

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