GHOSTED BY A JOB CANDIDATE? HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO
Think about this for a second. You’ve just finished interviewing a potential recruit. The candidate surpassed your expectations and cleared the 1st round of the interview with flying colors. You are looking forward to the 2nd round of the interview to further assess the candidate. Surprisingly, the candidate does not appear for the 2nd round, leaving you perplexed. You’ve tried to follow up via email, text or phone, but receive no response. Has this ever happened to you? We’re sorry to break it to you but it seems that you’ve been ‘ghosted’ by your potential recruit.
WHAT DOES THE WORD ‘GHOSTING’ MEAN AND WHY IS IT ON THE RISE?
To ghost someone is to completely cut off contact with someone. A recent survey pointed out specific reasons why some professionals have ghosted prospective employers:
- The job turned out to be something that they did not expect.
- They thought that the interview process was not as per expectations.
- They could have received a better job offer.
- A compulsory Work from Office policy was established.
There has been a surge in ghosting in the corporate world in recent times. Many job seekers today would rather avoid confrontation than bad news. However, job seekers have also been on the receiving end of things. Many-a-times, employers tend to ghost potential candidates after interviews.
HOW TO AVOID GETTING GHOSTED BY A POTENTIAL RECRUIT?
There is no permanent solution to avoid getting ghosted. However, there are a few measures that could help reduce the incidence of ghosting in your hiring process. They are stated as follows:
- Try to make your hiring process more efficient: Your competitors are likely to hire your potential recruits because your hiring process is too complex. Employees today expect quick answers. Therefore, keeping the hiring process short and straightforward is the best way to go.
- Attract candidates with lucrative offers: Candidates today seek flexibility in their jobs. Furthermore, several employers miss out on quality talent because they are not willing to compromise on salary. A flexible and lucrative job offer might work wonders.
- Follow the Golden Rule: What goes around comes around. Employers hate ghosting, and so do employees. Establish clear communication with all your candidates. Your company will surely receive positive feedback if you are considerate.