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Job Ghosting

the silent phenomenon

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Gone are the days when job seekers would patiently wait by the phone for a call from potential employers. In our digital age, the job market dynamics have significantly shifted and it’s leading to a new silent, and frankly inconvenient, phenomenon that has been coined ‘job ghosting’.

This trend, predominantly driven by Gen Z and millennial jobseekers, involves candidates disappearing without notice in the midst of the hiring process or even after receiving a job offer. But it seems employers are guilty of ghosting too, meaning there’s a clear disconnect happening in the recruitment process that needs to be addressed on both sides.

Understanding the Motives


From candidates' perspective, a buoyant job market and ease of application through tech, along with Gen Z's distinct value system, all play a distinct role in the prevalence of job ghosting. With the click of a button, candidates can apply to multiple jobs making the job search process more dynamic but also more impersonal. This generation has also witnessed the fluidity of the gig economy, where commitment is often transient and opportunities are abundant. Add to this a fervent desire for meaningful work that aligns with personal values and life goals, Gen Z approaches the job search with discernment and an acute awareness of their worth.


This shift has led to altered expectations around the recruitment process. For many, an impersonal hiring experience can signal a lack of alignment with their expectations of workplace culture and respect, prompting them to disengage without notice. Similarly, the ease of digital communication, while facilitating connections, has also desensitised individuals to the personal impact of their sudden silence.

The Impact of Job Ghosting


The effects of job ghosting extend beyond the immediate inconvenience. For businesses, the financial and time costs of restarting the recruitment process are substantial. Conversely, jobseekers who ghost potential employers may inadvertently tarnish their professional reputation in tightly-knit industries like Interior Design, affecting future job prospects.


Strategies to Combat Job Ghosting


To mitigate the chances of ghosting, both job seekers and employers can adopt certain strategies. Jobseekers should focus on maintaining open communication, even if it means sending a difficult email to decline an offer. Honest communication resonates with employers and preserves professional relationships.


Employers, on the other hand, can improve the candidate experience by providing clear timelines, offering constructive feedback, and fostering a positive interaction from the get-go. By aligning the recruitment process more closely with the expectations of Gen Z and millennials, employers can reduce the likelihood of ghosting.

In Summary

In navigating this silent phenomenon, we must remember that at its core, recruitment is about human connections. By championing a more respectful and communicative approach, we can transform the narrative from one of avoidance and anonymity to one of engagement and mutual success.

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