As the world slowly goes back to the “old normal” a surprising trend has emerged: candidates are ghosting companies, a rejection tactic originated in the dating world. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Candidate Ghosting?
In case you’re not familiar with the concept, “ghosting” occurs in dating when someone simply cuts off contact with the other person, becoming essentially a ghost.
Now ghosting was arrived into the workplace, with job applicants—and companies—choosing to go silent in the middle of the recruiting process.
According to a survey conducted by Indeed, 77% of employers said they were ghosted by a prospective employee between March 2020 and February 2021.
On the other hand, employers are also engaging in their share of ghosting. In the same survey, only 27% of employers said they haven’t ghosted an employee in the past month.
The origins of the ghosting trend may be traced back to
How to Deal With Candidate Ghosting
To limit the damage caused by ghosting, discuss important details (such as hours or salary) as soon as you can. By doing this you will make the ghosting happen earlier in the process, weeding out unreliable candidates without wasting more resources than necessary.
Another way to avoid ghosting is by ensuring that your recruiting process is as transparent, efficient, and responsive to the needs of candidates as possible. According to Indeed, research suggests that prospective employees ghost recruiters when they feel that their needs are not being met and don’t know what to do.
Finally, remember that you should avoid ghosting candidates yourself. It creates an unpleasant recruiting experience that harms your employer brand.
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