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What does it mean if a company that you interviewed well for says after you follow up on the next interview level that - the position is kept on hold.

Is it a fancy way of saying you are rejected?

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In my opinion, they aren’t satisfied with any of the candidates and want to a fresh batch of applicants or there are financial issues with the position. I’d assume it’s the former, but I don’t work in HR and could be completely wrong.

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It’s often there’s a freeze on HC (headcount) or a diversion of the the head count for the role you interviewed for to a different role. Probably not good and unlikely to resolve positively in your favor anytime soon .. but you never know

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I had two great interviews back in December with a college (when I was working in higher ed) and the hiring manager moved me to the final panel round. We had it scheduled and then the day before, the recruiter sent me an email saying the position is on hold and canceled the interview. I followed up about a week after asking for more info and reiterating my interest to be told the position was canceled. I would keep looking and move on as it probably isn’t looking good.

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In my experience, "on hold" means they are having budget reviews and lost the funding for the position, at least temporarily (until the next month/quarter) until the next budget review cycle.

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Or they are considering promoting someone into the role. Honestly it’s a lot of reasons…

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No, it’s highly likely it’s actually on hold. Happens all the time.

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Lots of reasons. Could be a "maybe" but we want to see our other options.

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