In the dating scene it’s a common complaint. “Why didn’t he call back?” But the same thing happens in the job market, as job seekers are left in the dark, even after several interviews with multiple people in the company. It looks like things are close, but then they never hear from them again.
This has problem has always existed, but it’s even worse now with over 15 million people out of work and for much longer periods of time. Job seekers are feeling more vulnerable than in the past.
One reason for the rudeness could be that HR departments are completely overwhelmed right now. Many of them are barely able to handle the applicants and interviews they have, and just don’t have the time to respond to everyone that applies.
Whatever the case, to the job seeker, who is putting in so much time and energy into finding a job, a courtesy call or letter would at least make them feel that they are being treated like a human being. And they could begin to set their sights on a different company or job instead of waiting for the phone to ring.