It’s a common story. A recruiter or hiring manager has been interviewing someone and then Poof! They seemingly disappear off the face of the earth. Did they spontaneously combust? Were they abducted by aliens? Whisked off by a witch on a broomstick? Fortunately, it is rarely anything so dramatic. More likely, what has happened is the candidate accepted another position and moved on with their life…in essence, ghosting us.
There are a number of reasons why this behavior may not be in the best interest of a job seeker.
You may be burning good bridges. Things may not work out with your new role, and you will have likely burned a bridge for what could otherwise have been a great backup. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a candidate graciously decline an offer from Company 1 in favor of another with Company 2, and when that position didn’t work out, Company 1 was more than happy to resume conversations with the candidate. This certainly would not happen had the candidate ghosted Company 1 after accepting their offer from Company 2.
Your work community is sometimes smaller than you think. The technology community is often a very fluid group and the hiring manager you just ghosted might very well be a hiring manager at the next company you interview with. Again, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve presented a candidate to someone and they’ve said, “Yeah, no. I interviewed that person while I was at my previous company, and I was not impressed.”
Put your best self forward. Let’s face it–ghosting is just plain rude. Do you really want to be that person?
So, what are some better ways of handling a job offer? That will depend upon your particular situation.
So, this Halloween season, save your ghosting for trick-or-treating and be a polite and responsible job seeker by staying in good communication with all of your recruiters and hiring managers.
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