We’ve noticed an uptick in the number of business leaders and hiring managers we reporting a certain issue - that they’ve experienced a significant decline in the number of suitable professionals they’re able to attract into their recruitment processes.
To make things worse, there’s a new trend in town that’s causing big problems for organisations looking to enhance and evolve their teams - candidate ghosting.
In short, it’s when a candidate ‘disappears’ during the recruitment process. They stop replying to emails, don’t answer phone calls or return messages. This is frustrating and disappointing for recruiters in itself, but what some would say is worse is the lack of clarity as to WHY the ghosting has taken place.
A recent Indeed report (March 2021) specified the main reasons for ghosting among candidates as receiving a better job offer in the meantime (20%), being dissatisfied with the salary offered (13%) and simply deciding the job wasn't the right fit for them after all (15%).
However, if these reasons aren’t communicated to the company, the recruitment team are left scratching their heads, and unsure what steps to take to improve processes and potentially resolve the issue.
The inability to fill the vacancy as a result of a candidate ghosting has a knock-on effect. Inefficiencies caused by open vacancies end up being made greater with this
this inability to fill a role within a set timeframe.
There are several steps you can take to avoid this new trend.
A great solution is to work with a solid recruitment partner with a track record of identifying, attracting and recruiting hard-to-find professionals. Look for someone specialised in the type of roles you are looking to fill, with a strong understanding of their niche, and a network of candidates they’ve built up over the years.
Armed with these strong connections and networks, your recruitment partner will work as an extension of your HR department, representing your job opportunity and company brand to the very best to the top professionals in your sector.
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