4 Reasons Candidates Are Ghosting You – and What to Do About It

As a hiring manager, you can put a ton of good work into crafting a job description, mining for talent, and picking the best candidate for the position – only to have that candidate “ghost” you – disappear without a trace or a reason for abandoning the recruitment process. It happens more often than you might think. Monster reports that 3 out of 4 recruiters have been ghosted by a candidate. The good news is the same survey provides the top 4 reasons potential hires say they vanished. Read on to learn what they’re saying – and how you can keep it from happening to you.

1. Rude or Misleading Employers

The Monster survey showed roughly a third of candidates have ditched companies because the hiring managers either disrespected or – even worse – lied to them. This mistreatment ranged from simple impoliteness to doing a bait-and-switch on how much travel would be required. Obviously, it’s important to be completely transparent when discussing the responsibilities of and compensation for a job.

2. Drawn-Out Selection Procedures

One of job seekers’ most frequent complaints about hiring processes is that they simply take too long. And the problem can start right out of the gate. Research from CareerBuilder shows that 60 percent of job seekers who’ve started an application abandoned it because it took too long. Streamline your application process to get candidates to the interview stage. And go into the interview stage with a clear idea of what you’re seeking so that you can move from interview to hiring in a timely way. Remember: It’s a job seekers’ market right now, and you have lots of competition for talent.

3. An Impersonal Process

Even if the person interviewing them wasn’t rude, candidates may feel like the person interviewing them didn’t care about them at all. Emotionally connect with each potential employee you meet, making each one feel like they’re exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t lead them on or make false promises, but take care to make the interview a positive experience that reinforces their desire to work for you.

4. Unreasonable Qualifications

In the Monster survey, 40% percent of responding college graduates said the most frustrating part of their job search was employers asking for multiple years of experience for an entry-level position. It’s a job-seeker’s market right now, and that means you need to manage your expectations about your dream candidate’s qualifications. That includes taking chances on candidates who have the skills you need, but not the experience you’d prefer.

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