I came across this article and I know first hand that the below is becoming more frequent in todays hiring climate.
Candidate ghosting is taking an increasing toll on employers, according to research released by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI).
In a survey of more than 2,300 senior managers in the US, 39% of respondents said it’s more common for job candidates to cut off communication now than two years ago. Those hiring for technology and administrative and customer support roles were most likely to report a surge in ghosting at 48% and 42% respectively.
In a separate survey, professionals cited the main reason for ghosting a prospective employer:
- The interview process was poor: 33%
- They received another job offer: 29%
- The job was not what they expected: 23%
- A mandatory return-to-office policy was implemented: 16%
In addition to ghosting, more than half of senior managers surveyed, 56%, said they’ve missed out on a potential hire in the last year because:
- The candidate wanted more schedule flexibility: 40%
- The company took too long to make an offer: 35%
- They didn’t meet the candidate’s salary expectations: 24%
“Hiring is harder than ever, and employers need to exceed candidates’ expectations to land top talent,” said Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald. “Offering flexible work arrangements and competitive pay and perks can pique job seekers’ interest — and moving quickly to set up interviews and extend offers can help clinch the deal.”
The online surveys were developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 2,300 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees collected from Nov. 11 to Dec. 30, 2021, and more than 2,400 workers 18 years of age or older, collected from Nov. 11 to Nov. 29, 2021, in the US.