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How to Avoid “Ghosting” in Today’s Job Market

Ghosting, the new workplace phenomenon, happens when job candidates blow off potential work opportunities in a hot job market. Review our tips on how to protect yourself from ghosting and keep your favorite candidates from disappearing into thin air.
May 21, 2019
Tips for Employers

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” –Maya Angelou

Ghosting, a term commonly used in online dating, is quickly becoming an issue when it comes to hiring. With job seekers receiving multiple offers, “employer ghosting” can range from candidates not showing up for scheduled job interviews, accepting offers but not going to work on the first day, or hired employees vanishing from positions.

With a hot job market on the rise, job seekers now have the upper hand. What’s an employer to do in this situation? Review the following steps to avoid being ghosted and increase your chances on hiring the best possible talents.

Consider new strategies.

Some employers have taken to streamlining the hiring and on-boarding process by conducting group interviews, leaving more time to move onto the next prospect when someone unexpectedly blows off the interview. Another idea is to have candidates fill out hiring and HR paperwork online, creating a smoother integration process.

Stay in touch.

Job applicants and new hires alike are less likely to disappear into thin air if they feel connected to people they interact with during the job search and interview process. As a hiring manager, don’t skip the small stuff: keep in contact with all candidates, lay out the tentative hiring process timeline from the start, and keep applicants updated on their progress each step of the way.

Set expectations.

The hiring manger should set expectations with job seekers at the beginning of the process to decrease the chance of a lack of communication from candidates. Courtesy is key. If you’re no longer interested in a candidate, respectfully let them know they didn’t get the job. That way, you can keep good relations with the individual if you have an open position down the road.

Ghosting job candidates can hurt employers, too. Some employers are also waiting longer to inform their second- and third-choice candidates about their hiring status until they’ve ensured that the first choice both accepts the job and shows up for the first day of work.

Using a recruiter can be one of the best ways to save time and resources. But remember, if you do everything that it takes and you do get ghosted, maybe that wasn’t the right candidate for your company.

But by putting some thought into effectively minimizing the chances of being ghosted by job applicants and new hires is well worth the effort. If you need help with your hiring process, or have any questions, feel free to call City Personnel at 401-331-2311.