Yesterday I spoke with a senior construction executive with a reasonable and serious frustration about being contacted by recruiters, sending his resume and information, and never hearing from those recruiters again. Of course, we all know he is not alone. Recruiters are notorious for ghosting people and complaining when candidates or clients do the same.
This is unacceptable. It is selfish, myopic, conceited, arrogant, and disrespectful. Out of care for our clients, candidates, and fellow recruiters, we should behave and perform at a high level.
I can hear your thoughts now. “We can’t help everyone… They aren’t a fit… Too much job-hopping… etc, etc…”
That’s often true. However, we still need to graciously inform these people that they are not a fit for the position, contribute to them how we can, and provide for future contact on different roles. It’s stupid to leave the candidate hanging with no feedback.
This is a relationship business, so let’s act like it. I, for one, will do better.
P.S. Ghosting is a bad habit for companies too.
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