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Afraid of Giving Bad News? Why You Can’t Ghost Candidates

July 23rd, 2019

Without getting too buried in nostalgia, nearly everything has changed in the last several years. How recruiting is conducted is of course included.

Why Recruiters May Ghost Job Candidates

Unfortunately, recruiters have likely been on both the giving and receiving end of ghosting during the job search or hiring process.

Anyone who has ever applied to or interviewed for a job and not heard back understands the pain of ghosting. While ghosting wasn’t as common in the past, it has become more acceptable to recruiters for a couple reasons.

  • Recruiters and the general public are getting used to technology and being able to “hide” behind a screen. The idea of delivering bad news to hopeful job candidates has become uncomfortable to unbearable. 
  • With a larger pool of candidates for each job posting, recruiting is not as personal. Several stages of recruiting is done through automation, taking out the opportunity to make a connection. This makes it easier for a recruiter to forget that just because there is no personal connection, the applicant doesn’t have a personal investment in this job opportunity.

Why Recruiters CAN’T Ghost Their Candidates

Even though recruiters may feel that the changes in the last several years to the job hiring processes make it acceptable to ghost candidates, that is not actually true.

Companies have a brand that they work hard to create and maintain, and the company image is affected by the candidate experience as well. If a company becomes known for ghosting candidates, word will spread and may negatively impact future talent acquisition, or even employee retention.

Find the Candidates You Want

If you need help finding the best candidates for your open positions, contact Concorde Personnel.

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