Think of all the bridges you never even knew you burned when a simple email or phone call could have cured all. How many career opportunities have passed you by because you simply chose not to SHOW UP, even just one time!
We are talking about “GHOSTING” your interview…just not showing up.
When surveyed, what percentage of job seekers stated that "it is reasonable to ghost companies during the interview process because they accept another job or they decide it is not a match for them?”
It all starts when a recruiter reaches out to you. You connect, you send your resume, meet in person…You the Candidate agree that this could be the right opportunity for you. You choose to be submitted for consideration…
Now begins the “TRUST ME” effect and THE PATH OF SCORCHED EARTH YOU LEAVE BEHIND looks like this:
-Candidate to Recruiter…TRUST ME…I am a good Candidate
-Recruiter to Account Manager…TRUST ME…this is a good Candidate
-Account Manager to Human Resources…TRUST ME…this is a good Candidate
-Human Resources to Hiring Manager…TRUST ME…this is a good Candidate
-Hiring Manager to Team…TRUST ME…this is a good Candidate
Your interview is set and now 10+ people have been involved and all TRUST. The interview is set, the excitement of meeting the perfect candidate looms, then…
YOU DON’T SHOW UP!!!
Now the “WHAT HAPPENED” effect.
-Team to Hiring Manager…WHAT HAPPENED…YOU said this was a good Candidate
-Hiring Manager to Human Resources…WHAT HAPPENED…YOU said this was a good Candidate
-Human Resources to Account Manager…WHAT HAPPENED…YOU said this was a good Candidate
-Account Manager to Recruiter…WHAT HAPPENED…YOU said this was a good Candidate
-Recruiter to Candidate VM, then Email, then the lastly Text…WHAT HAPPENED…"I hope you are okay..."
…left with the SOUND OF CRICKETS!!! Followed by apologies to the many upset parties involved.
You’ve just burned 10+ people in your industry, not to mention a team of recruiters that work on behalf of many companies. By NOT showing up, You essentially tarnished the word of all 10+ people who said TRUST ME by setting up your INTERVIEW and asking them to park time aside to meet you.
It doesn’t stop there! All 10 people now share this “BIZARRE” story with 10 colleagues, family and friends. This is a story they will likely share as an example the rest of their career...and guess what?!?!? They ALL REMEMBER YOUR NAME!!!
Bridges you were willing to burn = 1
BRIDGES you ACTUALLY BURNED = 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, AND COUNTING…
Now ask yourself, “How many BRIDGES have I BURNED by NOT SHOWING UP?”
ALARMING FACT: (study conducted by Clutch and reported by SIA)
30% of candidates believe it's reasonable to ghost companies during the recruitment process!
Be smart with your career. Do yourself a favor & simply SHOW UP!
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