There you are, up to your elbows in resumes. You read, review, and narrow the field to one prime candidate. You set up an appointment for them to come in for an in-person interview. The day arrives, and your candidate does not show. You call, leave messages, email, text. You’ve been ghosted.
You’re lucky, you got further along than many people do.This appears to be occurring more frequently, and research indicates that while most offenders are millennials, they’re not the only ones ghosting. This appears to happen when a person does not feel a “connection” to the person they’re ghosting.
How can you generate a connected feeling? Contrary to popular belief, email is the best way. There are dozens of studies out there proclaiming the death of the email, and that is true with one sector of the population, but not all. Phone calls have been heralded as the next best thing to an in-person conversation, but not with the under 50 crowd. Have you ever called someone only to discover that their voicemail box hasn’t even been set up? Texting appears to have replaced voicemail.
So, here’s what you need to do. Reach out, email or call – if there’s no answer, go to text. Once you have a dialogue established, nurture that by staying in touch. Send emails to “touch base” or provide updates. If you suspect you’ve been ghosted, go to email – ask what the problem is. Ask them what you did to make them distance themselves from you. And DON’T GIVE UP. They may not respond right away.
Sound like too much trouble? Maybe at first, but you will learn to recognize who needs more support, and you will instinctively provide it. The one thing we know for sure, is that there are more jobs than people looking for employment, so when you find a qualified candidate, you want to make sure they choose you.