People “ghost” each other all the time in personal relationships. “Ghosting” is the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone suddenly and without explanation, withdrawing from all communication.
Ghosting is considered a rude thing to do to someone, but ghosting a potential employer could be detrimental to your future career. Here are some reasons to keep in good standing with potential employers and why you should NEVER ghost them:
- Companies Talk- There are associations for all types of business, including management. You don’t know who is connected to whom, and what discussions are held between companies. It’s a small world. Best to be professional 100% of the time.
- Companies Merge- Merging is becoming more and more common these days. When you ghost an employer, you set a bad name for yourself. If the company merges with another, the new company will know about your ghosting unprofessional past, and you can forget about being hired.
- Hiring Managers Switch Jobs- Just like anyone, a hiring manager may move to another company. You best believe they will not forget being ghosted by you previously. They will not see you as a professional candidate, and most likely will consider someone else for the position.
- Companies Have Many Great Jobs- You ghosted the employer about a specific position at the company. Do you want to ruin your chances of EVER getting a job with that company? There might be other jobs that you become interested in at some point in the future. Don’t completely torch the bridge.
- Someone Recommended You For The Job- If this is the case, by ghosting the employer, you are tarnishing the reputation, and potentially the relationship, your colleague has with that company. Don’t be inconsiderate when a colleague has done a favor for you.
- It’s Good to Be Polite- Even if you aren’t interested in the position, be a good person and speak up. Let the employer know that you are not interested in the position, but you appreciate their time. Being polite goes a long way.