“You mean they left you on read?” It sounds all too familiar in our dating lives. It’s an example of “ghosting,” the newest method used to end a relationship, or convey that you’re not really interested. It’s reading someone’s message and not responding, well, ever.
Oddly enough, we are beginning to see this in the work force as recruiters are being ghosted by who they thought were potential employees. LinkedIn recently published an article detailing candidates not returning emails, phone calls, and text messages after an interview. Some even went to the extent of accepting a job and not showing up on the first day.
What is causing this lack of communication? One could use the 3.8 percent unemployment rate, the lowest rate in 18 years, as a reason. Qualified professionals are applying and receiving more jobs than they can manage, leading to inevitable denials to employers. Perhaps with the amount of offers candidates are given, they’re not worried about burning bridges or ruining future opportunities.
The style of today’s communication also provides reason for ghosting. Inc. states that our social media and messaging apps have permitted us to create quicker conversations and relationships in a non-committal way. Without ever formally meeting the individual, many do not see the point in formally declining an offer.
Without much else to do, recruiters are beginning to turn to different hiring operations to help curb their problem. Some are learning to continually interview employees for positons, figuring that this may increase their chances of finding a quality candidate. Others overbook interviews, estimating half of candidates will not show, a similar approach we’ve seen in the airline industry.
While this may be how some are beginning to communicate, it’s important to think about how this could affect future opportunities. Employees switch companies and you might end up with the same hiring manager that you ghosted before. Perhaps more commonly is the need to revert back to the company you ghosted.
It’s important to communicate in the workforce, especially because we have more than enough means to do so. Even if you have been ghosted by a recruiter before, be transparent and respectful in how you commit, or deny, your offer.