What to do When Recruiters Ghost You

What to do When Recruiters Ghost YouCutting ties and ending relationships are utterly heartbreaking, let alone experiencing it unexpectedly in the most painful way possible - ghosting. Ghosting is a term popularized in the digital age which is used when someone has stopped communication with a person. Sadly, being ghosted isn’t something people in relationships experience because it happens in the corporate world, too. Yes, you read that right. Jobseekers are also at a risk of being ghosted by recruiters and hiring managers. It’s when you’ve gone through the screening process and are positive about hearing positive results only to end up waiting for nothing - no calls, no emails, no next steps, no nothing.


Being ghosted by a recruiter is never a pleasant experience. So what do you do if you ended up facing the same dilemma?

Do a follow up
Before you go ballistic for not hearing back about an application, take the initiative to do a follow up first. It is possible that you have been ghosted but you could also be wrong and there might just be other possible reasons, too. The recruiter might have been out of office or the job post might have been put on hold. There are a lot of possible events behind the scene so do not jump to conclusions yet until you’ve done a follow up.

Do not be pushy, however, and wait for about a week before following up. Ask for a status update through email and if they are still not responsive, you may reach out through LinkedIn.

Reach out to another recruiter
You’d know that the job post has been filled in if the post has already been taken down. But it doesn’t mean that the journey has already ended. You may still reach out to another recruiter or hiring manager in the company.This is one way to show that you are serious about your interest to work in the company and building a relationship with another one of their recruiters might help in the future.

Be proactive in seeking new opportunities
No progress will take place if you sit there and wait around. Be proactive and open your eyes to new opportunities. It’s okay to give yourself some time to wait and focus on this one opportunity but you will have to decide to start looking elsewhere at some point. Keep your options open especially when you’ve waited long enough.

Make the most of your waiting time to reflect on your own performance during the screening process. Try to recall what transpired during the interview. It is possible that you may have failed to perform at your best or failed to showcase your skills and knowledge. As a result, you might not be a priority for the company anymore so they’re taking in more applications before making the final decision.


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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.