Ghosting has become a big issue in the recruiting world. A term that originally referred to a way people break off personal relationships by severing all communication, it is now applicable to many other areas of life, including the hiring process.

More and more companies are getting ghosted by candidates. They connect with a potential hire, begin the hiring process, and then—all of a sudden—the candidate vanishes. They stop replying to phone calls, emails, and all other forms of communication.

Just how prevalent has ghosting become? of recruiters say they have been ghosted by a candidate during the recruiting process! It even happens after a candidate has verbally agreed to take a job.

“Over half of recruiters polled said they saw an increase in ghosting since the start of 2018. The trend has been such a nightmare that 24% of recruiters actually call a new hire on their first day to check whether they showed up,” says Nurhuda Syed on .

Why Are You Getting Ghosted?

Ghosted candidate

Ghosting is not only a recruiting issue. It’s become normal in many facets of life, but this doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. Here are some top reasons why you’re getting ghosted:

  • The power is in the hands of job seekers: People search for jobs on their terms. Candidates are no longer willing to settle for an opportunity.
  • Candidates have options: They are interviewed by multiple companies and being selective. If they get the right offer, they ghost other suitors.
  • Waiting to hear back from an employer is a top pain point for candidates: They aren’t willing to wait around for companies to get back to them with a hiring decision.
  • Companies are still not doing a good enough job of communicating with candidates: Often it can take weeks to hear back from a recruiter or company once submitting a resume.
  • Neglecting the candidate experience: Leaving candidates in limbo at any point in the recruiting process has allowed them to feel as though they can do the same to companies. If you leave a candidate in the dark, they are likely to leave you in the dark when you eventually get back to them.

How Can You Avoid Getting Ghosted?

You can avoid getting ghosted by being open, honest, and prompt with communications with candidates. Follow up, keep them in the loop, and speed up your hiring process to avoid losing a candidate.

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Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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