It is hard to go through career articles and/or LinkedIn feeds without seeing the topic of “Ghosting” come across these days. It has become an epidemic in recruitment as of late. So what exactly is ghosting?
Ghosting is when a candidate drops out of the recruitment process. This could be at any phase of the process, from initial conversations to offer.
You might be asking yourself: why this is even occurring and why now more than ever? I believe that there are a few different factors affecting. Candidates are aware now more than ever the reputation that companies have, they are receiving offers quicker and quicker as employers are learning to shorten their hiring process, and more importantly, we are seeing unemployment rates dropping to record lows
I understand that, as a candidate, you might find yourself in a position of power, being that the tables have turned and it is now a candidates market; however, ghosting a potential employer is never a good idea. There are many reasons as to why Ghosting is not a good idea, but one of the most important is “your” integrity. As a candidate you never know when you’re going to cross paths with a recruiter or hiring manager again. This person could potentially end up working for the company that you’re currently for, or your paths could pass in many other ways.
Additionally, most companies keep notes on their applicants, so your history will be available when you apply for future opportunities. Life changes, priorities change, so it is always best to ensure that you build relationships opposed to burn bridges. So, what do you do if you decide that you’re no longer interested in a role? Communicate. Let the Recruiter or Hiring Manager know that although you’re grateful for the opportunity you’ve decided not to pursue further consideration at this time. It is better to let the company down professionally than to burn a bridge you might need in the future. In addition, it’s equally important to let your contact know if you’ve accepted another offer. It is ok that you’ve accepted another offer!! But you can save the recruiting team and companies time by letting them know this sooner rather than later. This will allow them to move on and no stall the process and will leave a mark of integrity on your behalf. I’ve come across scenarios in my years in recruitment where I’ve revisited candidates that have respectfully declined interest or offers, but those who have dropped out without a trace, I tend not to move forward with as I am not confident in the professionalism, stability, and integrity as a potential hire.
Remember, be respectful and mindful of everyone’s time and effort. Build yourself to be a strong and viable candidate and always build relationships. Chances are paths will cross again!