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Unraveling the Candidate Ghosting Trends

5 Strategies to Ghost-proof the 2023 Hiring Process

Written by HRCap, Inc.

December 14, 2022

The term ghosting is a term typically used in dating when a person stops communication with another party without any notice or explanation, which usually suggests that they are no longer interested. This phenomenon has taken root in the recruiting and hiring industry, with job candidates not showing up to scheduled interviews or even on their first day of work.

An Indeed 2021 survey shares that 28% of job seekers ghosted an employer in 2021, while in 2019, it was only 18%. Though not exclusive to Millennials and Gen Zers (collectively known as MZ Gen), this phenomenon is predominant with the MZ Gen, as 50% of Millennials and 50% of Gen Zers both admitted to having “ghosted” an employer, according to Randstad US 2020 Compensation Insights Survey.

[Related: HRCap’s 6 MZ Generation Career Categories]

However, employers are also guilty of ghosting, with only 27% of US employers saying they have not ghosted a candidate. Although this is common practice for employers, due to the high number of applicants for one position, it seems to be a unique and rising trend for job seekers. Why are job seekers ghosting, and is there anything that employers can do to prevent ghosting from happening?

Reasons for Ghosting