The Silence After Applying: Why Applicants Don’t Get Feedback from Employers

In the competitive job market of today, landing a job can feel like navigating through a maze. As job seekers, we invest time, effort, and often emotional energy into crafting a tailored application, only to be met with silence from the employers. This lack of feedback can be frustrating and disheartening. In this exclusive article from Go Zambia Jobs, we explore some reasons why applicants often don’t receive feedback from employers after submitting job applications.

Before we start exploring some of the reasons employers don’t always provide feedback it is worth checking out our article explaining how to follow up job applications. You can reach the article right now at: How to Follow up Job Applications

Right, back to the reasons why employers might not provide feedback. Here are the top 5 reasons:

  1. High Volume of Applications: One of the primary reasons for the absence of feedback is the sheer volume of applications received by employers. With the advent of online job portals and the ease of applying, companies are inundated with countless CVs for every job opening. It becomes a daunting task to provide individual feedback to each applicant, leading to a lack of response in most cases.
  2. Time Constraints: Hiring managers are often faced with tight deadlines and multiple responsibilities. They are focused on finding the right candidate quickly to fill the vacancy and maintain the smooth functioning of their departments. Amidst these time constraints, providing personalized feedback to every applicant becomes a luxury they can ill afford.
  3. Legal Concerns: Another factor contributing to the silence is the fear of legal repercussions. Providing feedback can sometimes open up employers to potential discrimination claims or legal disputes. To avoid any legal complications, some organizations prefer not to offer feedback, opting for a safer and neutral approach.
  4. Lack of Resources: Smaller companies or organizations with limited HR resources often struggle to handle the influx of applications. They may lack the manpower or technology to review and respond to each applicant. In such cases, employers prioritize efficient screening processes rather than allocating resources for individual feedback.
  5. Automated Application Tracking Systems (ATS): Many companies employ applicant tracking systems to streamline their recruitment process. These systems use algorithms to screen applications based on specific keywords, qualifications, and experience. If an applicant fails to meet the pre-determined criteria set by the ATS, their application may be automatically rejected without any human involvement, resulting in a lack of feedback.


While it can be frustrating not to receive feedback from employers, it is crucial to understand that there are various reasons behind this silence. The high volume of applications, time constraints, legal concerns, lack of resources, subjective selection criteria, and automated systems all contribute to the absence of feedback. However, as job seekers, we can take proactive steps to increase our chances of receiving feedback, such as reaching out to employers for follow-ups or seeking feedback from industry professionals through networking platforms.

Remember, the lack of feedback does not define your worth or abilities as a candidate. Keep refining your skills, tailoring your applications, and pursuing opportunities that align with your goals. Persistence and resilience are key to navigating the job market successfully.

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4 thoughts on “The Silence After Applying: Why Applicants Don’t Get Feedback from Employers”

  1. Here in Zambia, i have found it strange from various employers, who do not respond to applicants even if its negative.
    My experience in Europe and India, where i have lived is different from Zambia. Though there are a few organisations/companies that do respond, the majority do not do so. No wonder you find that same companies continue advertising for vacancies, but people do not apply because they have known that such companies do not respond.
    Please, let such organisations learn to respond to clients/applicants whether negative or positive.

  2. It is cardinal to provide a feedback to applicants. This, in essence, shall build confidence in the organisation or firm that advertises job opportunities.

    As we carry on hunting for these jobs, we beg to be provided with a feedback
    after applying. It does not matter either it might be positive or negative in nature.

    It’s also prominent, in a response, to educate the applicant on matters that might have had led them to miss out on that job opportunity despite having the much needed qualifications and abilities.

    Invariably, the employer, should exercise patience in shortlisting the candidates suitable for the job. Being in a hurry on account of time line, they may end up selecting the incompetent one.

    I submit my suggestion!

  3. This is insightful.. I will still stick to employers should at least give feedback to applicants, many are the times that applicants will be waiting for a positive feedback or maybe a call just to confirm the news either positive or negative. This gives the applicant a check to get back to the drawing board and try the next opportunity available in a better manner than before.

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