Ghosting is defined as the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication. For all intents and purposes let’s emphasize that this originated through the abrupt termination of personal relationships. Ghosting has now infected professional relationships and is considered normal. A recent Indeed survey revealed that over 80% of employers have been ghosted by job candidates – some even after the point of hire. The question of why remains unclear.

How Do Candidates Ghost?

Ghosting in the workplace has maninfested itself in several ways, each more inexcusable than the last.

  • Job Search: Some people apply for a position, take the time to speak to a staffing agency, and then POOF – Gone. Others undergo an interview where a specific role is discussed in length, and when a follow-up call or interview is attempted they are unresponsive – Radio Silent! No response to phone calls or emails and certainly no explanation why.
  • Onboarding: Someone might have an interview, receive a job offer – all of which they are seemingly enthused with – and then disappear. No call, no show their first shift and every shift thereafter.
  • Networking: A LinkedIn connection turns into a conversation regarding an open role. Verbal commitments are made and then when the time comes to fulfill those commitments, someone loses interest and dissipates into thin air.
  • During the Interview: When a prospective employee was asked to turn on their camera during an interview, they simply ended the call and vanished. (Yes, this actually happened).

Why are Candidates Ghosting?

The exact reason behind ghosting is unclear and is performed with no regard for repercussions. It must be addressed and the best place to begin is understanding why it’s happening.

  • Discomfort: People would rather succumb to their discomfort than simply say, “no.” Though not always made with ill intent, ghosting is premeditated, and the guilty party is left unaffected.
  • Change of Mind: Upon further consideration, a candidate may, for several reasons, change their mind. Accepting a job is a huge commitment and should not be taken lightly and it’s okay to say no. What’s not okay, is to not say anything at all.
  • Overly Busy: If a candidate is undergoing a job search while still In a current role, they may find it difficult to manage both. Rather than openly communicating their time constraints a person may choose to just bail with no explanation.

The act of ghosting is unacceptable and has no space in the professional world. Life has a way of coming full circle and you never know when you may be back in contact with someone who you previously ghosted.

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