Don’t pull a disappearing act
In a strong job market, workers are ghosting interviews and blowing off jobs, but the long-term repercussions make that an unwise move.
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From the pages of In Business magazine.
This past June, LinkedIn published an article about the new nightmare in business circles: employee “ghosting.”
It was followed a month later by a USA Today feature on the same subject, which noted: “In the hottest job market in decades, workers are holding all the cards. And they’re starting to play dirty. A growing number are ‘ghosting’ their jobs: blowing off scheduled job interviews, accepting offers but not showing up the first day, and even vanishing from existing positions — all without giving notice.”
According to USA Today, up to 50% of job applicants are blowing off their scheduled interviews, which is frankly mind-blowing.
Hiring managers need only look in a mirror to see where these candidates learned this behavior.
Both articles note this trend is not exactly new — employers themselves have been doing this for years to applicants — but there’s a whole lot of hand-wringing over the fact that the worm has turned and now workers are the ones not returning calls or emails and going completely silent.
It’s an interesting dilemma a lot of workers now find themselves in. Just a decade ago, during the height of the Great Recession, finding a job was a task unto itself, and many highly qualified candidates felt the frequent sting of rejection as employers curtailed hiring and the rest had their pick of the litter among applicants.
Now with the shoe on the other foot, candidates are starting to find themselves spoiled for choice, and if they neglect to cancel an interview or decide at the last minute not to tell their brand new employer that they opted to take a different, better offer instead, well, hiring managers need only look in a mirror to see where these candidates learned this behavior.
While I’m pretty staunchly in the corner of the workers on this one as a matter of principle, in practice ghosting on an interview or new job is just plain stupid.
Why? Let’s look at the parallels in the dating world, where ghosting became in vogue. If you ghost someone you’ve been on a date with, what’s the worst that can happen? Maybe you run into that person again and it’s awkward. Maybe he or she tells a friend who tells a friend who tells a friend, and you wind up not getting a date with someone else because they heard you’re a jerk. Honestly, that’s kind of it for drawbacks. Even in a city like Madison that often feels smaller than it is, there are plenty of other fish out there to satisfy your dating prospects, whether they lean casual or more serious.