What is Ghosting?
The term “ghosting” started in the dating world. Let’s say two people meet, either in person or online. They strike up a conversation, often through texting, phone conversations, Twitter DMs, etc. Suddenly, one person simply stops responding. Calls go unanswered, texts go unread, all contact just disappears.
In the business world, ghosting usually refers to employees, not potential dates. Candidates agree to job interviews and then never arrive. Some will accept job offers and then fail to show up for the first day of work. Some who want to quit their jobs — presumably hoping to avoid an awkward conversation with their boss — will just walk out the door and never look back.
The only way for a hirer or manager to deduce that they’ve been ghosted is after several days of trying to contact the ghoster in question, and then the hiring process starts again — after several days’ lost productivity, of course.
It’s a growing problem in the business world, and whether you’ve already experienced it or not, you should know how to handle it.