How should you respond when a recruiter or hiring manager says they currently don’t have the budget for new staff? Or do they say they just hired for the role?
That could be a go-to line but there are a few things to know and that you can ask to turn this into an opportunity:
When do they expect to have the new budget?
Because it could be a matter of when an employer decides on headcount or the number of people that they could hire, it could be helpful to ask when they expect to have a new budget. For example, not all companies might actually have a fiscal year that ends in December and then starts again in January. There might in fact be some that start in June so their hiring practices could ramp up during the Summer. You could essentially plan for the turnover to start happening at that time or the expansion of the teams.
What should you be preparing for?
While you continue your job search, there may be some new technology you could learn, especially if there are months to go before they start hiring.