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Are Recruiters Ghosting You? Advice from nTech’s Recruiters: Part 2

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This article is the second part of our two-part article series on ghosting. In the last article, we focused on candidate ghosting, i.e., recruiters being ghosted by candidates. In this one, we’ll explore recruiters ghosting candidates. 

According to Edgar Andres, Talent Acquisition Specialist at nTech Workforce, “Ghosting from recruiters typically happens when a candidate has gone through the interview process for a role, and the recruiter that was working with them stops responding to their messages, calls, etc.” 

Imagine you applied for a job and attended the first screening interview. You were told that you would hear back in two weeks. Three weeks have passed, but no reply. You contact them and receive nothing but silence. 

Being ‘ghosted’ by a recruiter usually happens after the screening interview, but it’s even possible after the first or second interview. It is always confusing and disheartening for the candidate. 

 

why do recruiters ghost candidates?

 

Often candidates are left with the question,  “Why did the recruiter ghost me?” Understanding both sides brings clarity and offers more effective ways of handling the situation. 

 

1. different expectations



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According to Arthur Ransier, Director of Business Strategy at nTech Workforce, gaps of understanding exist between candidates and recruiters; recruiters don’t provide a response to everybody who applies to a job posting, but candidates might still consider this to be ghosting. He suggests it's best to have a rule of thumb. 

 

“Give everybody at least as much time as they give you; if they take 1 second to do a one-click apply, I give them a one-click rejection or canned email response; and if they take 20 minutes to fill out a lengthy application or go through an automated test, I will take at least 20 minutes to explain why it may not have worked out, offer a bit of coaching, or make a connection for them.” 

 

2. Multiple levels of communication


Sometimes, it may feel that companies are ghosting candidates if the candidates do not receive an immediate response. Often companies are working through layers of communication for the same role. And it may take longer to get information from those different layers and share the decision with the candidate. 

 

Andres suggests, “Organizations should strive to stay in constant communication with their candidates. Sometimes there is a shift in priorities within the company's hiring processes which the candidate may not be aware of. Candidates might think that the role they interviewed for was the top priority for the company. But the company did not communicate the shift, and the candidate feels ghosted.” 

 

Maintaining consistency and explaining if something changes in the process will set a candidate's expectations about a company’s culture and values. Not only can irregular and slow communication harm a company’s brand and reputation, but an ideal candidate in a competitive market won’t wait around. 

 

what can candidates do if they are being ghosted?

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Candidates are not completely powerless when it comes to ghosting. Knowing how to be persistent while remaining professional is a key marker of an ideal candidate. Edgar Andres has some great tips for negotiating a situation that might turn into being ghosted.

 

  1. Follow-Up: Send an email or text to the recruiter weekly to get an update on an application. Don’t be aggressive or pushy. Do not spam them with emails/texts every other day. Choose a day and time and stay consistent because this shows reliability. 
  2. Be Patient: Another key point is to be patient with the entire application process. Sometimes your recruiter might be working to get a response back to you, which might take time. 
  3. Keep the Channels of Communication Open: Connect with your recruiter on other platforms like LinkedIn. Candidates should remain in touch with a recruiter even after the original job of interest has closed because another position may come up that is a good fit.
  4. Keep Going: Ghosting began as a dating term, so the dating advice here is that candidates should keep looking for other job opportunities if they are being ghosted by one employer. As the famous saying goes, “There are plenty of fish in the sea.” So, candidates should focus on improving themselves by seeking training and simplifying their resumes because you never know what other opportunities may arise.

 

At nTech, we pride ourselves in never ghosting candidates. We understand that this process might be difficult and disheartening for some candidates, which is why we have provided effective ways to deal with ghosting. At nTech Workforce, we help employers recruit, retain and engage talented candidates. Our unique solutions are designed to solve hiring, productivity, and diversity challenges.

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