Recruiter ghosted, should I reach out to hiring manager?Feb 5
After making a lowball verbal offer, Microsoft recruiter ghosted on me after promising to get back to me 2 weeks ago. Should I reach out to the hiring manager? Is it normal for Microsoft to take that long to come up with another offer?
- Amazon dmbm345I’m a recruiter. Yes, please reach out to the hiring manager or someone else from the recruiting team. Candidates deserve responses from interviews, especially if there’s any talk of an offer.
- I got the feeling that the team really liked me. Skip level was pitching the team and we actually also discussed salary expectations. The hiring manager let me know right away that they are moving with an offer. I completely understand between now and 1.5 months back, when I interviewed with them, they might have found better candidate/s. But, I don't get the point in ghosting like this.Feb 53
- Amazon dmbm345It can be a million different reasons. Like was mentioned previously, maybe the recruiter’s contract ended or they left the company and perhaps they did a poor job of transitioning their notes. Honest mistakes happen too. I’ve had emails get stuck in outboxes or genuinely think I responded to something when I actually didn’t. Combine that with working with multiple candidates all at once, and sometimes things unfortunately get dropped.
For whatever it’s worth, I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a recruiter who left candidates hanging on purpose. I’ve worked with some really bad recruiters in the past who just couldn’t multitask or couldn’t keep things organized enough to stay afloat but it’s never been from a spiteful, negative, perspective.
- In that case, the recruiter must have conveyed this to the HM. The HM may have decided not to bump the offer for a variety of reasons and conveyed back to the recruiter. I would move on but dropping an email to the HM will not hurt anyway. Worst case, the person doesn’t respond.
- Since that was a lowball offer for you, the recruiter would have conveyed this to the HM. And probably they were tight on budget so they might have reached out to other candidates who would be happy with that offer. Since the HM did not pursued your offer further, the recruiter chose to ghost out.
Recruiters are just a pendulum, they cannot do much. Everything depends on the HM. Good luck!!