Elyssa Duncan
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Posted May 5, 2020

What is employer ghosting?

You've spent hours job hunting and applying, and now no one is getting back to you? Here are some things you can do to help avoid employer ghosting.
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Does this sound familiar? You were in constant contact with a potential employer - you submitted your resume, had a phone screening, reached out to your network, and maybe even had an in-person interview! After an ongoing conversation about a promising new role, they stopped returning your messages. Complete radio silence. Unfortunately, you’ve been a victim of what’s called “employer ghosting.”

What is employer ghosting?

"Ghosting" is a term that describes the act of ending a relationship with someone by suddenly withdrawing all communication without warning or explanation. Employer ghosting is just that - when a hiring manager/recruiter stops responding without obvious reason. While it seems like a huge disappointment, don’t take it too personally, we’ve all been there!

Why was I ghosted?

While it's easy to feel discouraged after being ghosted, the good news is the lack of communication is often for a legitimate reason. In fact, the most common reason job candidates get ghosted is also the one they have the least amount of control over - a company shifted their focus. Here are some other reasons why you may not be receiving a response.

  • There was a change in priorities and a position they thought they needed to fill right now suddenly isn’t as important or has been pulled entirely.

  • The recruiter you spoke to initially may be unavailable, has quit, or been let go.

  • The person you’ve been working with might be feeling overwhelmed or they're not doing their job to the best of their ability.

  • They forgot about you. Everyone is busy, so it’s extremely important to take a few moments to follow up with the individual you spoke to. If you don’t, it may slip their mind to circle back to you.

What can I do if I don't hear back from a potential employer?

It can be confusing and upsetting when you don't hear back from a company. If you have been ghosted by a potential employer, here are some steps you can take, immediately and in the future.

  • Follow up
    If an employer ghosts you, remember to follow up. If you hear nothing back, continue to focus your search elsewhere and don’t hold out hope. If they choose to break the radio silence, great! If not, move on. Before reaching out, make sure you are confident in writing an effective follow-up message.

  • Find a new point person
    As mentioned earlier, sometimes the person you’ve been speaking with had to depart suddenly or is overwhelmed with other tasks. Do some research and find another contact within the organization that you can follow up with.

  • Keep looking
    Some people make the mistake of putting their #jobsearch on pause when waiting to hear back after an interview. This isn’t always the best idea. Remember, an interview is not a guarantee of a job. Even if you think the conversation went perfectly, you are not officially hired until you sign the offer letter. Continue searching for applicable roles and don’t be shy to accept other interview offers! If you're in need of fast cash, you may also want to consider some flexible side jobs you can work throughout the interview process.

Have you ever been ghosted by a potential employer? Share your story below!

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James Diehl

A lot of jobs get taken within the first few minutes after their posted. Some postings are made after a hire to cover themselves by making the post public. The company will just send an automated email, or text thanking you for your inquiry. If they don't contact me about an interview too bad. If that's how they run their business, I wouldn't want to work there!

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Melissa Johnson

I get ghosted all the time and it's dis hearting and makes feel unworthy but I just keep trying something eventually will come up for me.

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Alisha Young

Sounds like TCC in portsmouth 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Diane Binns

This is not the problem! You can't apply for an Amex job! The app. we not open. When you do, try to open it says ERROR. If you go to Amex site its self, there are no jobs in US.

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Bozie Wells

Age has been a factor for me

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Khanyisani Snothi

I'm looking for the job I'm always applying with hope that something will come out

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jimmyland 000

with all of the comments listed they mostly are correct but the one thing everyone keeps skipping over is the fact that in todays times (that being the quacky administration in place) and believe me i would like nothing more than to continue my life in a non-political mannor, its a cryin shame that the majority of employers today feel the need to go there, that is social media... if you have in the past expressed any dislike for the corrupt liberal machine , it is without a doubt what is taking place, and when everyone is quickly ready to dismiss it as if the next thing you do is to forget or dismiss the theory. its sometimes best that one extiguishes their social media footprint its just a suggestion an unfortunate one but none the less...good luck.

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dale Christoffersen

Watch out for scams like fnf,recruitingteam at gmail.com!

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Robert Griffith

The worst is when you do reach an employer, engage in one or two interviews/screenings, and then they proceed to disappear after "promising" to get back w/i X amount of days to detail next steps. I always make a point of telling an interviewer to please update me, even if it's simply to tell me they're moving forward with another candidate(s). Just be transparent instead of dismissive and chicken.

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Lillian Hodges

Do not contact me. I’m not looking for a job.

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