If you’ve been looking for a job for a while, chances are you’ve been ghosted at least once in the hiring process. Maybe you can relate to this story on Reddit’s subforum Recruiting Hell, in which a job seeker was “ghosted after specifically being told I wouldn’t be ghosted.” He explains, “The interviewer replied “regardless of the decision you’ll hear back on day X”. Day X went and gone with no reply, I emailed them asking for a follow up and still nothing, almost 2 weeks later.”
Many job seekers have experienced the frustration of being ghosted by an interviewer or potential employer, sometimes before an interview and sometimes, more painfully, after the interview takes place. There’s nothing worse than encountering what seemed like a promising job opportunity, only to wait for agonizing days for a phone call or email that never comes. How can you make sure you never find yourself in that position?
Leverage your network during the hiring process
You may have heard it before, but leveraging your network is really one of the best ways to find a job. Finding a job through professional or personal connections will help you avoid being ghosted, because the people in your network know you, unlike interviewers, who interact with you briefly as one of many competing candidates.
Many job seekers wonder in consternation what to say when an interviewer asks, “Tell me about yourself?” It’s obviously impossible to get to know anyone deeply during a half-hour interview. As Forbes explains, networking can help you develop long-lasting relationships, and these will often give you a better foundation for finding a job than fleeting connections with recruiters and interviewers.
Always follow up after the interview questions
Sometimes you’re not truly being ghosted; your interviewer is simply busy or distracted. But there’s nothing worse than waiting for a response and watching the days turn into a week or two, as your hopes begin to sink and you find yourself wondering, “Was I ghosted after that seemingly successful interview?” The only way to know for sure is to send a follow-up email or note. Harvard Business Review observes, “Sending an email follow up can feel awkward — especially if you have to do it multiple times. But just because someone hasn’t responded to your initial request, it doesn’t mean their answer is ‘no.’ ” As awkward as that email follow-up may be, it can give you peace of mind about whether or not you are being ghosted.
Try an interview-free hiring solution
Geekbidz is a new skill-based job platform that matches job seekers with the most suitable job for their skills and places them into a position, giving them an on-the-job evaluation. This hiring solution uses Artificial Intelligence to rank users’ skills and match them with jobs, thus working without the need for résumés, interviews, and recruiters. Since you won’t encounter any recruiters or interviewers during this hiring process, you won’t run the risk of being ghosted. Furthermore, the on-the-job evaluation ensures you will have a chance to showcase your skills and strengths to an employer over a longer time, rather than jockeying with multiple other candidates to stand out during a brief interview.
Since Ghosting is So Prevalent, It’s Time to Try Some Different Approaches to Hiring
If you’re frequently wondering, “was I ghosted?” chances are you’re using recruiters or job boards to find jobs. Why not work on building your network instead, or try a new AI hiring solution that doesn’t involve interviews? Also, if you haven’t been following up after your interview, now is the time to do so.
Job-hunting has never been a task for the faint of heart, but if you think outside your established job-hunting routine and try some new job-finding techniques, you’re much more likely to find the type of position you’ve searching for without multiple soul-crushing encounters with vanishing recruiters and interviewers along the way.