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We are in a world today where we are more connected than ever before, but we are now experiencing a phenomenon called “Ghosting”.

What is it?

Ghosting is not a modern phenomenon, but the frequency in modern life has dramatically increased in recent years. This happens in the recruitment industry for both the candidates and the recruiters.

Why does it happen?

It happens mostly due to one of two reasons, apathy or fear of conflict. In today’s world we are working to instant gratification and if something doesn’t pan out immediately, we move on. We often don’t think about the consequences of leaving those sorts of projects behind. You are never obliged to take a job or to hire a person, but common courtesy would tell you to let the other party know that you are no longer interested.

How to alleviate this?

As a recruiter, whether that be as an agency recruiter or in-house, we need to look at keeping in touch. We always look to provide the best candidate experience for our candidates and one of the simple things we can do is let them know where they are in the process. This can be done as an email or a quick conversation on the phone. It’s just to let them know where they are in the interview process. And if they are unsuccessful, bite the bullet and let them know. They may be disappointed but at least now they can invest their energy into finding something else. You would be doing your candidates a favour.

As a candidate, if you are not interested in a role, just say it. No need to be elusive. Either call us or email us and let us know. We would be immensely appreciative of it. Sure, we may be disappointed but that means we can invest our time into finding a new candidate for the role as opposed to guiding you through the process you’re not interested in.

What’s in it for you?

As a recruiter you are maintaining your reputation and that candidate might be a better fit down the road for another role. If you provide a bad service to a candidate, they may not want to work with you. We are all human after all!

As a candidate you are making sure you don’t injure your own reputation. If you ghost a recruiter who is well established in the field, and your field is small, word will get around. There will probably be a note of it somewhere on the system of the company, whether that be in-house or agency. This may impact you in later years when you are looking to make a move in your career.

So, let’s all be courteous to each other and act like adults and be respectful of one another.

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