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Why Recruiters Ghost Candidates

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Companies ghosting candidates after a job interview is a common phenomenon and can leave candidates feeling frustrated and discouraged. Here are some reasons why companies may do this:

Overwhelmed recruiters

Recruiters may have too many applicants to manage and may forget to follow up with some candidates.

Lack of resources

Smaller companies may not have enough resources to manage the recruitment process effectively.

Better candidate found

The company may have found a better fit for the role and moved on from other candidates.

Slow hiring process

The hiring process can take a long time, and the company may not have made a decision yet.

Budget constraints

The company may have decided to pause hiring due to budget constraints or unexpected changes in the business.

Poor communication skills

Some recruiters may lack effective communication skills and may not know how to inform candidates that they have been rejected.

It’s important to remember that ghosting is not personal and it’s not a reflection of your worth as a candidate. Companies ghost candidates for a variety of reasons and it’s best to focus on continuing your job search and finding a better fit for you.

Chris Kidd is the owner of,,, and

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