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An organization posts a job opening, finds a candidate, interviews the candidate by phone, interviews the candidate in person, seems to like the candidate — and then withdraws the job. The company doesn’t reject the candidate; it simply puts the job on hold, indefinitely.

If an organization commits itself enough to budget the job’s salary and other expenses, and to put the human resources department, the hiring manager, and other people through resume-sifting and interviewing, why does it pull back?

I recognize that circumstances can change. An organization posts an opening in January and expects the hiring process to take 30 days — but in that time the organization’s management can change or the economy can slump or something else can happen.

Sometimes, though, it seems that organizations simply lose their nerve, like a novice swimmer walking to the edge of a diving board, bouncing up and down, and then turning back.

Am I wrong?

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