More job candidates ghosting employers

23 February 2022 Consulting.ca 2 min. read

More than 4 in 10 employers (43%) say it’s more common for job candidates to cut off communication now than two years ago, according to a report from Robert Half. The recruitment and HR consulting firm polled 800 senior managers and 500 workers in Canada between November and December 2021.

According to professionals, the top reasons for ghosting a prospective employer were: the job was not what they expected (43%), the interview process was poor (31%), they received another job offer (18%), and a mandatory return-to-office policy was implemented (8%).

Ultimately, the root cause is that workers have more leverage in a tight job market with an historically high level of resignations. With half of Canadian firms planning to add new permanent roles in H1 2022, HR departments are likely to remain taxed.

“Today's candidate-driven market is incredibly challenging for employers as skilled professionals are often juggling multiple job interviews and offers," said David King, Canadian senior managing director of Robert Half.

More job candidates ghosting employers

To keep in-demand talent on the line, employers have to provide an enticing and relatively painless interview process that highlights a competitive compensation package. The top reasons employers said they missed out on a potential hire include: it took too long to make an offer (35%), the candidate wanted a more flexible schedule (33%), and they didn’t meet the candidate’s salary expectations (30%).

“Since the majority of hiring is still happening remotely, job seekers expect a faster interview timeline," added King. "Along with a streamlined hiring process and close communication, employers need to promote incentives, such as fully remote jobs and highly competitive compensation packages, to attract and secure top talent."

Professional services firms have in recent weeks been keen to highlight extra paid days off, alongside upgraded family benefits and salary adjustments.