As a job seeker, I will tend to check online to see if the position I interviewed for in the company is still active. If it is not, it may be a good sign since it may mean that the position is still open, and the hiring manager may still be deliberating about recruiting me. So what if the dream job you were recently interviewed for gets reposted? What does it mean your chances to get into the company?

So, why do these jobs get reposted, and what should you do if it gets reposted after the interview?

This is a quick guide on what to know about reposted jobs and what to do when you see a job reposted after getting interviewed.

Why Do Jobs Get Reposted After An Interview?

There are many reasons why an employer or hiring manager reposts a position even after interviewing applicants. A primary reason is that they have not found the right candidate that perfectly matches their criteria for the role, even if they like your application or that of others.

Others may consider widening the scope of their candidate pool to see if they could find other talents from other locations or industries. A few may have adjusted their talent requirements to see if an applicant meets their new qualifications.

Other Reasons Why A Job Is Reposted Include:

  • The company or employer is under the Equal Employment Opportunity status, which ensures that all candidates are given a chance to apply for a particular role.
  • The employer wants more than one person for the position to improve the team’s productivity.
  • The original posting of the position is about to expire and needs to be updated so it can appeal to more applicants.
  • The hiring manager may have found a person they see as suitable for the position but had to withdraw the offer because they discovered facts about the applicant they did not like.
  • It may be a scheduled listing that the employer signed with the job search site in advance.
  • There may have been changes in the company for the job to be removed from the job site listings before it is reposted again.
  • Reposted jobs may have different applicant requirements and salary grades.

What to Do If the Position Gets Reposted After The Interview?

If this happens to you, you should not panic. As mentioned above, there are many reasons why employers repost the job listing, and it may be a standard operating procedure you may not be aware of when the position was first announced. Some may have mentioned it to you in passing when you were being interviewed and did not take it into account.

If the employer reposted the position a day or two after the interview, be patient, as the hiring manager may need time to let you know about the reposted position.

But, if the employer or hiring manager hasn’t reached out for a certain amount of time after the interview and the job got reposted, stay calm and remember that each applicant is reviewed extensively to see if they are the ones they are looking for.

You can use this chance to reach out to them to let them know that you saw the reposted position and ask if you are still being considered for the job. You should also take this time to let them know that you are still interested in the position and update them about the things you have done to improve your capability to do the part well if given a chance.

Don’t forget to thank them for the opportunity to apply for the position.  

As a job seeker, it is not uncommon to check if the positions we were interviewed for are no longer posted online. It may be a good sign that you are in the running for the position. If the position is back on the job site for applicants, it could be a part of the company’s strategy to get more workers, or they are patiently waiting for the right applicant to come.

Either way, it is important that you remain positive and wait until the company finalises their list of chosen applicants. Remember, job applications can take time depending on the company or open position. Once they message you, you can plan your next move accordingly.

I always believe that once a door closes on you, another door of opportunity will reopen. Do you believe in that too?

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18 replies on “What to Do if a Job is Reposted After Your Interview

  1. This has happened twice to me. In both instances I contacted the firm.
    Both said that they had settled on a candidate who accepted but shortly after withdrew their acceptance. One got a better offer from his current employer when he tendered his resignation. The other suddenly demanded more money.
    Well, things don’t always go as planned. But I was left wondering why, having ploughed through X number of applications, and conducted maybe half a dozen interviews, why would you go through that process again? Was there really that much distance between the preferred candidate and the rest of the shortlist?

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    1. Ah it must be so irritating for you. And you have the patience (and guts) to reach out to them to find out. Kudos to that! These says a lot about the two companies and maybe they are not the right ones for you.

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      1. About a year later one of the firms advertised again. Word for word identical to the ad I answered. Same conditions, same money. I think now that there was no job available at all. It was a situation like many ads for government jobs – someone’s contract has to be renewed so they advertise, but it’s all just a formality.

        Now there’s a subject for a Middle Me post – those damned government job ads!

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  2. It’s interesting when you go for a job interview and the job is reposted after the interview. Agree with the reasons you outlined there, Kally. There are many nuances that can happen during the interview process. Sometimes the employer really wants to hire someone with the right skills especially if the role is a technical role, but they also probably want the person who is the right cultural fit. Agree it is always an option to reach out after your interview and have a chat with the employer to discuss your interest in the role. Hope you are well, Kally. Take care.

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    1. Always good to hear from you, Mabel. How’s life in Melbourne? I heard the borders are relaxed now. Hopefully, this doesn’t mean that the numbers will go up.

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      1. It’s been very normal here in Melbourne for a few months. Borders here opened, and everything has pretty much opened up, no mask indoors. Cases are still pretty high but I guess we are living with it. I’m still being careful though. Heard Malaysia are opening up too. Hope you and your little family are well, Kally 😊❤

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        1. Wow. No mask indoors! We are still required to mask indoors and on public transport both in Singapore and Malaysia. The borders have opened on both sides which is awesome.

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  3. “If one door closes… turn the knob and open it again. That’s the way doors work.” 😂
    But in this case, this is less a joke than shorthand for your excellent advice. 😉

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        1. It for fans like you, Michael that encourages me to produce good articles to share with the world. Thank you so much for the support and kind words.

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