Ghosting is to shut all the communications without notification. The term is used by employers to describe employees and potential employees who suddenly disappear.
Mostly, ghosting is used to describe
- Job candidates who suddenly stop responding to messages.
- New hires who fail to show up for their first day of work.
- Employees who do not show up for a shift.
- Employees who leave work in the middle of the day and never come back.
Ghosting demonstrates a lack of respect and in the workplace, the practice is likely to be perceived as a sign of unprofessionalism and immaturity. Instead of disappearing to avoid a potentially negative conversation, it’s important that job candidates and employees learn the necessary soft skills to say “no” gracefully and keep communication channels open.
It’s easy for an HR manager to be frustrated by job candidates who ghosts, but it’s equally frustrating for candidates who hear nothing back after an interview.