Here are tips to help employers steer clear of this trend and maintain a high level of candidate interest.
Have there been times when you were eager to recruit the perfect candidate, but halfway through the hiring process they decide not to show up? It can be frustrating when job seekers disappear without a trace. They applied for the role in the first place – wouldn't they want the job?
Ghosting is a term used by HR experts to describe the rising trend of job candidates failing to show up for scheduled meetings, offers, and even the first day of work. Ghosting by candidates is a significant issue that has grown by 10-20% just in the last year. Furthermore, a relatively recent LinkedIn study found that 40% of candidates think it’s OK to ghost an employer, while 95% of recruiters say they’ve experienced ghosting.
According to a study by CareerBuilder referenced in Fast Company, around two-thirds of candidates ghost potential employers because they found a job with higher wages and/or better benefits. This type of ghosting can even happen after someone has accepted an offer.
Here are some tips to help employers steer clear of these scenarios and maintain a high level of candidate interest.
Detect early warning signs
One of the early warning signs that employers and recruiters should be aware of, according to Kimberly Friedmutter, author of Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You've Always Wanted, is a shift in the power dynamic between the employer and employee. The author says that candidates seeking a job will tell a recruiter or headhunter when they will be available for an interview, as opposed to the other way around. While difficulties are not uncommon during the job interview scheduling process, if you have applicants who make it extremely difficult to schedule the initial interview, it may be a sign that they simply do not care all that much about the opportunity.
Another indicator is if a candidate is hesitant about the start date. Candidates tend to be happy when they receive a formal employment offer. But if, after you’ve sent an offer letter or indicated that an offer is coming, the applicant won't commit to a start date, it's a hint that they are not fully committed to the job.
Reduce your chances of being ghosted
Here are a few things to consider to avoid being ghosted in the future.
Candidate ghosting is undoubtedly a worrying trend, but it does not have to negatively impact your company. Making sure your hiring process is efficient, communicating clearly, setting a deadline for potential offers, and being honest will help you develop a strong rapport with candidates and reduce your risk of getting ghosted.
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