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So you were ghosted after an interview? Here's what to do now.

Interviewed for a job and still haven't heard back? You may have been ghosted. Don't fret—we have just the tips and tricks to help!
January 20, 2022
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Ah, professional ghosting! It's like the dating world's ugly cousin who decided to crash the job market party. Believe it or not, ghosting isn't just reserved for your dating life—more than 75% of job seekers have been given the cold shoulder by at least one company during their job hunt. Move over, Tinder; you've got some competition.


But Why Does Professional Ghosting Happen?

  • The Internal Poltergeist: Some companies decide they'd rather hire internally, leaving you in the dark with your hopes and dreams.
  • The Phantom Position: In corporate shapeshifting, sometimes the job you interviewed for vanishes into thin air, like a magic trick gone wrong.
  • The Vanishing Act: Interviewers might change companies' roles or jet off on vacation, leaving you twiddling your thumbs and wondering if they've been abducted by aliens.
  • The Crowd's Roar: If you're one of 200 applicants, patience is your best friend. It's like waiting for your number to be called at the DMV—minus the fluorescent lighting.
  • The Eternal Summoning: Sometimes, the hiring process feels longer than the last season of your favorite TV show. You might hear back when winter comes or not at all.

Can You Really Prevent Ghosting?

While it might be tough to predict ghosting, there are a few tricks up your sleeve to make it a bit less elusive:

  • Ask for Clarity: At the end of your interview, ask about the timeline for decisions and who you should contact if you don't hear anything. 
  • Send a Thank-You: Always send a prompt thank-you note to cast a spell of professionalism and ensure they remember you.
  • Diversify: Don't stake your hopes on one role; keep your options open by interviewing with multiple employers. 

Dealing with Professional Ghosting

Asked for a timeline, sent a thank you, and still haven't heard back? Unfortunately, nothing's a guarantee in the job search, but there are some things you can do to increase the chances of getting a response. 

  • Send a Gentle Reminder: If you sent a thank-you and still haven't heard back, consider following up on the application process. If you've asked about the timeline and it's passed, send a friendly email. Politely express your anticipation and inquire about additional information they might need. If no timeline is provided, we recommend waiting five business days.
  • The Waiting Game: Be patient, as the hiring process can resemble a rollercoaster with unpredictable twists. But remember, rollercoasters eventually come to a stop, just like your job hunt.
  • Network Your Way Out: If your follow-up emails are trapped in the void of the internet, try reaching out through networking sites. 
  • Phone a Friend: Still waiting to hear back? Consider contacting another contact within the organization. 
  • Master the Art of Interviewing: Ghosting can be a confidence buster, so practice your interview skills. Be ready to shine in future interviews.
  • Don't Give Up: Don't let one disappearing act dim your enthusiasm. Keep building your network and pursuing new opportunities!

Professional ghosting can be perplexing, but don't let it spook you. Keep in mind that the right employer will appreciate your proactive approach and communication skills. So, keep your chin up, keep applying, and remember that persistence pays off in the job-hunting world.

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