Despite being in the middle of a pandemic we still find ourselves being ghosted by candidates. I really do not understand it and it is extremely frustrating for everyone involved, so please do try to think about the impression you are leaving when you turn into a ghost at exactly the same time your interview is due to take place. Also for every role you ghost you are losing another candidate the opportunity to interview which in my opinion is totally unacceptable.
We understand that there could be a number of reasons why a candidate might not want to speak to a recruiter any more. Maybe they decided that the company or position was not for them or they got hugely nervous before the interview and then just felt to embarrassed to get in touch. Maybe they got a better job offer or decided to use a different recruiter to help them find their dream job. If, for whatever reason, you don’t feel up to an interview or don’t feel as though the position discussed is for you, that’s completely OK. What isn’t acceptable is not giving us any notice of your decision and disappearing when we try to contact you. Here we’ll explain why this complete lack of contact – known as ‘ghosting’- not only causes us and our clients huge inconvenience, but also damages your career prospects in the long-term.
Research Is Key Before Applying For Anything or accepting an interview.
When you’re applying for jobs, don’t just browse a recruiter’s website and hit ‘apply’ on the first ten jobs that pop up. Make sure that any role you apply for is;
• Something that you would enjoy doing every day for a long time
• A position that you’ve got the relevant experience and qualifications for
• Based in a city which you are either currently living in or intend to move to in the very near future.
• Contracting you to shift patterns or weekly time commitments that you can stick to and wish to work.
• Gives you the work/life balance that you’re looking for.
If the role doesn’t provide you with satisfactory answers to all of these questions, then you would be far better applying for a different job. There are many reasons for rescheduling an interview if you suddenly can’t make it at the last minute. The weather could have taken a turn for a worse, your car could have broken down on the way to the interview or you could just be feeling unwell, employers will be really understanding about the situation, and will almost certainly reschedule the interview to a more convenient time for you. After all, employers are human too, they have cars than pack it in with exceptionally poor timing and also get stuck in horrific weather from time to time.
What people don’t appreciate is being kept waiting without any notice. Waiting just wastes their time and shows a complete lack of respect for the fact that they may have other things to do that day than staring ruefully into the car park, in the vague hope that you might show up at some point in the next half an hour.
…And Word Gets Around Quickly
Worse still, is that word will spread that you ‘ghosted’ an interview, and it will become even harder for you to secure your dream job when you’re invited to an interview that you really do want to attend.
Please get in touch with us well in advance of your interview if you need to reschedule or want to cancel to give us the chance to let our clients know in good time so that nobody is left waiting, and no one’s feelings get hurt. If you want to look for another job, we can then start helping you to find it as quickly as possible. We don’t work with candidates if they miss interviews that we’ve arranged without notice and many other recruiters take the same view. Burning bridges with recruiters and employers who are trying to help you because you forgot to send an email really isn’t worth it.
For further Guidance on your job search or interview tips please give me a call on 07738 279413. Thanks and I hope you enjoy our latest Blog, Kate