For those asking “What is Employer Ghosting?” USA Today describes it as what happens when job candidates “blow off” potential work opportunities in a hot job market. Some examples of this new workplace phenomenon, include, but are not limited to the following:
- The applicant chooses not to show up for a scheduled interview.
- The candidate signs and returns the offer, but then doesn’t show up or call on the first day of work.
- Existing employees just stop showing up to work.
In this week of Tovey Talks, I will approach this topic from the candidate’s perspective. When I was younger, I applied for that I 100% knew I had no interest in doing; therefore, I had no qualms about shutting down all communications with an employer that I may have already started the recruitment process with (I know - cover eyes).
About 2 years ago, I remember applying for a position through an agency in which the Recruiter would not even send me the job description until I signed an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). I had a total of 3 interviews including with the HR Director of the Employer.
During the final interview, I met with everyone at the 2 previous interviews, as well as the manager I would be working for. Can you believe after that day, no one from either the Agency or the even the Employer replied back to my many follow-ups to find out of if I was successful. The way I found out the status was that the job was re-posted through a different agency. I remember how upset and disappointed I was, but I am a big believer in the power of reaping and sowing – so the outcome was inevitable.
What did I learn from this experience, and what can you to prevent his from happening to you?
Do not focus on just the job responsibilities itself when applying for a position, look at other essential elements that make up your idea of the “ideal job”. This will put you in the position to ask the necessary questions in order to decide if you even want to consider an interview.
For example, if you are ambitious, is there opportunity to move up? If you giving back is important to you, what is the employer’s stance on social corporate responsibility? By taking this approach, you will only be considering positions worth your time and will be more inclined to keep the lines of communication open during the recruitment and selection process.
After never hearing back from Recruiter mentioned above, I got an email from her a few months later. She explained to me how she left the agency she was with previously. She said she remembered me and was curious if I would be interested in this new opportunity she was working on. I decided to pay her the courtesy that she didn’t to me: a professional reply clearly explaining my decision to pass on this potential opportunity.
With this incident, I came to understand the importance of not burning bridges. Even though payback at times seems tempting, leaving an employer/recruiter hanging is not the way to go.
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