As we’ve discussed before in this blog, “ghosting” is the practice of not showing up for something related to the hiring process of an organization. That something could be a phone screen, a face-to-face interview, or even the first day of work.
Unfortunately, “ghosting” has become more common during the last year or so. The big reason, of course, is that we’re in a candidates’ market. Because the job market is so tight for employers and because they’re having so much trouble finding talent for their open positions, candidates are in the “driver’s seat.”
This has convinced some candidates that they don’t have to show up for interviews. Not only that, but they don’t have to tell anybody that they’re not showing up. The popular rationale for this trend, after an employer tries multiple times to reach a candidate with no success, is “No response IS a response.”
There are also candidates who feel justified in such actions because of what happened during the Great Recession. During the recession and the years immediately after it, candidates claim that employers were guilty of not contacting them regarding their candidacy for an open position. So in their minds, “ghosting” is much the same.
But we beg to differ. Below are three good reasons why “ghosting” is a bad idea:
#1—It’s a poor personal branding habit.
Personal branding is a huge consideration in the employment marketplace these days. How you brand yourself has an effect on your professional success. If you think that you can get away with “ghosting,” you might start to subconsciously believe that you can get away with other things that could harm your personal brand and hamper your career.
#2—You’re potentially “burning bridges.”
You might think that you’re never going to see the people you “ghosted” ever again. That’s a short-sighted outlook. People talk to each other within all industries. A hiring manager at one company could know a hiring manager at another company. Word could get around about your “ghosting” ways.
#3—The market is going to turn eventually.
Sure, this is the second-longest bull market in the nation’s history. Because of that, it might seem like it’s never going to end. However, it is going to end. It’s not a matter of if, but when. And when it does, candidates will no longer be in the “driver’s seat” as much, if at all.
While some professionals may not have been in the employment marketplace during the previous recession, many were. They remember what happened, and their memories should serve as a reminder that they need to make every interaction with a hiring manager a positive one.
No matter how good the job market is right now, don’t give in to the temptation of “ghosting.” It doesn’t matter if it’s a phone call, an offer of employment, or your first day of work. While it might seem more convenient in the short term, it could hurt you in the long run.
The Doepker Group has experience placing candidates in the Information Technology and Engineering industries, and we can place you, as well.