As record low unemployment stretches into another year of economic expansion, job candidates in 2020 enjoy an overabundance of opportunities. However, that same labor environment is causing real headaches for hiring companies. One example? To borrow a term from the dating world: Ghosting.
“Ghosting occurs when a potential job candidate going through the hiring process skips an interview, doesn’t show for the first day of the job or stops responding to communications,” says Justin Dragoo, a strategic account executive for Aerotek who follows employment and market trends.
An Indeed survey found that 83% of employers had experienced ghosting, with 69% saying the trend started within the past two years. It may happen for any number of reasons — the candidate might have gotten a better offer or had second thoughts. And they decide it’s easier to just not respond instead of having to make a difficult phone call.
It can happen at different times throughout the hiring process. Half of candidates surveyed said they failed to attend a scheduled job interview, while 46% stopped replying to their recruiter or hiring managers.
Just because the power balance has shifted doesn’t mean that employers are helpless, Dragoo says. He offers the following three tips to reduce the risk:
At the end of the day, your recruitment process is only as successful as the candidates it brings on board. Employers need to be open, strategic and responsive to labor market changes if you want to lure top talent away from your hiring competitors. Even if some candidates are doing a disappearing act.
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