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August 07, 2018

What to Do if You No Longer Want the Job or Want to Continue the Process


In a fast-paced world of hyper-communication, it’s no surprise that the phenomenon of “ghosting” has emerged in many facets of our lives. Originally the term was in reference to dating culture where an individual would all of a sudden cease communication with another. We are now seeing this behavior in a professional sphere.

Hiring managers and even recruiters are seeing an increase in ghosting by candidates who lose interest in the hiring process or the role itself. Some of the culprits will even see it through to the start date until they choose not to show up on the first day of work.

This emergence is a likely product of a candidate-favoring market and changing societal norms. If you’re an active job seeker, you probably find this behavior unfathomable but unfortunately, it is more common than one might think, and it is certainly on the rise.

If you find yourself in a position where you no longer want to continue the hiring or job search process, having that conversation is more valuable than not. Ghosting a recruiter or hiring manager may easily hinder future opportunities for you. Even if you have found your dream job outside of the avenues you wish to abandon, there is no merit in burning bridges, especially given that doing so is a disproportionate response to your experience.

If the experience was bad and one you are glad to be rid of, still having a conversation about going another way is a better option than ghosting. Ghosting does not end the process for you but rather trigger a myriad of attempts to reach you, which can be more annoying than the initial undertaking.

Ghosting also leaves a bad taste in many mouths and can tarnish your name to future hiring managers and recruiters. It is also an exceptional waste of time, not only for those trying to reach you but for you yourself as actively trying to dodge the communication of someone who has invested much time into your experience.

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