We’ve discussed before in this blog about the importance of not “ghosting” on either the offer of employment and especially the first day of work.
That means when an employer makes an offer, you simply disappear. (Well, you don’t really disappear, but the hiring manager never hears from you again. So it’s pretty much the same thing.)
It’s a similar situation with the first day of work. The employer makes an offer and you accept the offer. However, you don’t show up for the first day. You’ve “ghosted.”
There is another mistake that a job seeker or candidate can make during the offer stage of the hiring process. That mistake is taking too long to make a decision and then communicate that decision to the hiring manager.
How long is too long? Well, it’s standard practice for a candidate to say they need 24 to 48 hours to think about an offer. Anything longer than that can be considered too long. However, it does depend upon the people involved, but that is largely a gamble. The hiring manager may (or may not) give you more than 24 to 48 hours to make up your mind.
When an employer makes an offer to you, it represents the moment that the organization is the most interested in hiring you. Every minute after that moment during which you do not make a decision regarding the offer, their interest level decreases slightly. The longer you wait, the more their interest decreases. There are a few reasons for this:
#1—The hiring manager may think you’re not that interested in the position.
If a company wants to hire you, but you’re not that crazy about the position or the organization, then they’re less likely to want to hire you. As a candidate, you like it when employers make you feel wanted during the hiring process. It’s the same with employers. They want to feel as though the candidates they are considering want to work for them.
#2—The hiring manger might think that you’re incapable of making important decisions.
Once again, this is an issue of personal branding. Employers want to hire people who are capable of making decisions, especially important decisions. If a hiring manager thinks you’re incapable of making those decisions during the hiring process, then they’ll think you won’t be able to make them once you become an employee, as well. That will not reflect well upon your candidacy.
#3—The hiring manager might think that you have other offers.
While this may nor may not be the case, you’d rather the hiring manager not think this. If they do, they’ll be more inclined to believe that you’re seriously considering one of the other offers. In fact, they might even withdraw the offer that they made to you, although once again it depends upon the situation and the person involved. In any case, it introduces doubt into the mind of the hiring manager, and when you reach the offer stage of the hiring process, doubt is not good.
The Doepker Group has experience placing candidates in the Information Technology and Engineering industries, and we can place you, as well.