Why Did They Re-Post That Job?

So you go for an interview and you think you did everything right. (And you sent a thank-you note as soon as you got home, right?) Then you’re trawling the job boards, because you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket, and you see that the employer has re-posted the same job. Ack! Oh no! You suck!

Not so fast, answers the manager at Ask A Manager. There are a few reasons why the ad might be re-posted:

  • The ad auto-renewed without their noticing (because they purchased a certain number ahead of time, for example).
  • They like the candidates they have, but they only have a few—and want a few more to pick from in case their top choices don’t work out.
  • They’re hiring multiple people with the same title, so it looks like a repost but isn’t.
  • Or, yes, they didn’t like any of the people they interviewed, you included, and they want to get some more choices.

But since there are so many possibilities, it’s best not to worry too much about it. Proceed as usual: certainly don’t put all your eggs in one basket, but don’t write the company off until you hear real, actual word.