Ghosting AND Professionalism
If you’re not familiar with the term “ghosting,” this is where either a candidate or hiring manager just disappears. No return calls, texts, emails, straight up radio silence, as if they were abducted by aliens in the middle of the night. I highly advise against this to maintain professionalism and let the recruiters know what’s going on if there was a change in direction. We’re all adults and we get it. Things happen. People change their mind. Unfortunately, I haven’t learned how to read minds yet and think most folks would just appreciate the professional courtesy and follow up.
Quick story to share; I had a candidate I was working with over the course of a few months and got him interviews lined up at two large public companies in which he expressed his interest and gave me permission to represent him with the hiring managers. The hiring managers were excited and wanted to bring him in to interview. I tried calling, texting, emailing and received no response. The kiss of death in the recruiting industry. Wasn’t sure what happened because he seemed like a great person and had been extremely professional up until that point. After a while, I had to let both clients know he was unreachable and apologize. They were frustrated to say the least.
A month later he updated his LinkedIn profile and had taken a new job at a completely different company. I sent a text to say congrats, and mentioned that I knew someone specifically in that department that I was friends with and coincidentally was grabbing lunch with that same day. Wouldn’t you believe it, he texted me back within 30 seconds and said that this person was his new boss! Low and behold, his phone was fully functional and he hadn’t been abducted by aliens. At lunch I let my buddy (his new boss) know and we had a good laugh. Luckily, the candidate apologized for his actions, however, it would have been hard for me to have him on my high priority list if he started searching for a new role in the future and wanted to utilize my services. I certainly believe in giving others second chances but would have been a little more guarded moving forward in that particular client relationship.
Moral of the story: Be a professional. Let others know if things change. Don’t burn bridges. You never know who knows who in the business world. I get calls all the time from clients in town asking my opinion of certain candidates and whether or not I would recommend them. Common courtesy goes a long way in the business world.