October is the month where darkness creeps in shortening our days and lengthening our nights. This month also contains a peculiar holiday that celebrates all things spooky. Little ghosts, goblins, witches, and black kitty cats can be seen scurrying around neighborhoods on Halloween toting plastic pumpkins overflowing with treats. However, this blog is not about this unusual Holiday of Celtic pagan origins, but rather of a new term that is called “Ghosting” and rapidly becoming a regular phenomena not only in personal social relations, but also in business relations.

According to Urban Dictionary one definition of Ghosting is when a person cuts off all communication with another party without warning or notice before hand. You will mostly hear of this term in the dating world, however this is happening more frequently in the business dealings. In the business world, ghosting refers to a candidate who just disappears into thin air. The candidate or employee will not respond to calls and e-mails. Some employers have even reported an increase of candidates not even showing up for the first day of work. Job interviews and meetings will be scheduled only to result in no shows with no calls of explanation. An HR manager for a global company stated, “If I have 10 people who have confirmed interviews in a day, and three people show up, I’m happy. And we’re talking about all pay grades and positions. It doesn’t matter what the pay scale is. I’ve had ghosts [no-shows] for $50,000 to $70,000 jobs, and I’ve had ghosts for minimum wage jobs.”

According to a recent HR survey, 41 percent of workers found it acceptable to ghost employers, while 35 percent found it unreasonable for an organization to ghost an applicant.

So Why the Increase in Ghosting in the Workplace?


In an ever increasing younger work force, and due to more and more a general lack of face to face, or voice to voice human interaction, perhaps many are ghosting out of the habit of communicating only through texting. A major factor for this ghosting and avoidance trend appears to have some correlation to the growing digital age taking the place of real human interaction. Though the new younger workforces have many strengths, talents, and possess much drive and uncanny intelligence, what appears to be lacking are basic human relations skills based on human to human contact, which increases empathy. According to an article in Forbes magazine, this younger generation, called Millennials, has a great aversion to phone calls. They offer a softer and more compassionate view of ghosting, and state:

“Phones aren’t used to make phone calls anymore. But why is this the case? It could be one or more of several reasons. This generation grew up with the gradual introduction of instant messaging, texting, email, and other forms of written communication. Because they’re just as instantaneous, but provide you the ability to think over your words, they’re more comfortable and precise communication forms. For a group of people dubbed “the anxious generation,” this is of the utmost importance. It could also be that phone calls require a kind of interruption to someone’s day, while text messages and emails can be opened and read at the recipient’s leisure.” Forbes


Ghosting is not just a symptom of shifting attitudes or habits in the workforce, but can also be the result of low unemployment: employees have more options and can move quickly from one job to the next, with little perceived negative consequences. According to Tradingeconomics.com, the US unemployment rate decreased to 3.5 percent in September 2019 from 3.7 percent in the previous month, and above below market expectations of 3.7 percent. The last time the rate was this low was in December 1969. Once it was businesses that were ignoring job applicants and not contacting them after interviews, however the tables have turned and more than ever employees are not showing up to interviews without notice, accepting a job opportunity and missing the first day, or leaving a position with zero notice and without formal resignation

Why should you stay away from the practice of Ghosting?

  1. It is rude. How you treat others in the business world often times is a reflection of how you treat others in your personal life.
  2. It’s a small world out there, and chances are your ghosting of an employer will most likely come back to haunt you.
  3. Being avoidant in your communication makes others think you possess the trait of cowardliness.
  4. This is very disrespectful and it creates mistrust.
  5. Ghosting often makes the one being “ghosted” have feelings of insignificance, and little importance. Be a decent human being and do not add insult to injury.
  6. Being truthful and upfront even when conversations are difficult is a part of life.

No one is ever too busy to respond. If you care about someone or have used any of their time, it is only proper and a human courtesy to fully communicate back to them, even if your response is not positive. People can handle difficult truths when given respectfully.

At ProRecruiters, we strive to be communicative, respectful and get back asap to our candidates and our clients no matter what, and treat all who seek our services with equality and the upmost respect. If you are seeking a job or looking for amazing candidates to fill your open positions, please contact us today!

The Team at ProRecruiters.