Have you ever gone on a job interview that seems to be going really well, maybe you’ve already done a few rounds of interviews but then you suddenly never heard back from the employer? Even after they told you, you’d hear from them later in the week? Chances are, you’ve been ghosted.
“Ghosted,” a term originally coined by the dating world is when someone ceases all communication with you without any warning and ignoring and additional communication that may come. While this typically happens in the dating world, individuals who are job searching often experience the same thing with a hiring manager/employer.
And while being ghosted doesn’t necessarily mean you weren’t a good fit for the job, sometimes things happen and you may have slipped the recruiters mind or the needs of the position have changed, but boy can it be frustrating. Especially if you were highly interested in the position. But how do you know if that’s what has truly happened to you? We’ve got a few ways to know whether or not you’ve been ghosted.
- You Have Yet To Hear Back: At the end of your interview, the recruiter may have let you know that you’ll hear back from them within a set period of time, that time has come and passed and you haven’t heard anything, even after the thank you email.
- You No Longer See The Job Posting: Maybe you head back onto the job board where you found the application and it’s no longer there. Which could mean they’ve either filled the role or decided not to hire at all.
- You Send A Follow Up Email And Are Ignored: You probably let some time go by waiting to hear back and then send a couple follow ups and still, no response.
If it’s been over a month or two with no communication, it’s safe to say, you likely won’t be hearing back and it’s time to move on. It’s not the end of the world, and truly being ghosted does not always mean you bombed the interview, many things can happen that cause people to get busy and forget to let you know. So try not to take it personal and prepare yourself for the next round of interviews. If you want to know more about how to avoid being ghosted, view our previous post “Ghosted: What It Means To Be Ghosted By An Employer and How To Avoid It.”