Talent Acquisition

Let's end ghosting : Provide Feedback to Every Interviewee

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In hiring, there's an unspoken rule that seems to have been forgotten by many: every interviewee deserves feedback!

Yes, every single one of them. This isn't just about common courtesy; it's about respect, professionalism, and ultimately, your brand's reputation in the job market. Let's dive into why this practice is crucial and how implementing it can transform your hiring process, making your company stand out for all the right reasons.

The Investment of Time and Effort

Consider the journey of a job applicant. From the moment they lay eyes on your job advert to the painstaking preparation for interviews and completion of tasks or tests, they invest not just their hope but their time and effort into the opportunity to work with your organization. They pore over your careers page, digest news articles about your company, and even scrutinize the LinkedIn profiles of potential colleagues and interviewers. This investment is significant, and it's only fair to honor it with a proper closure, regardless of the outcome.

The Power of Feedback

Providing feedback to candidates who have not been selected for a role is not just a matter of courtesy; it's a transformative practice that can significantly impact an individual's professional journey. A few well-considered bullet points can offer invaluable insights to the interviewee, highlighting strengths and pinpointing areas for improvement. This feedback can be a beacon of guidance for their future applications, helping them to refine their approach and enhance their skills.

The Low Bar: An Opportunity to Shine

It's startling to realize that the bar for post-interview communication is set so low that merely taking a moment to write three bullet points of feedback can set you apart as an employer. In today's competitive job market, such small acts of consideration can significantly elevate your brand, showcasing your company as one that values and respects every individual who shows interest in joining your team. This is not just about being nice; it's strategic, enhancing your employer brand and making your company a magnet for top talent.

The Argument for Feedback: Beyond Branding

If the moral imperative to provide feedback isn't compelling enough, consider making it a cornerstone of your brand strategy. In an era where company culture and values are scrutinized by potential employees, clients, and partners alike, demonstrating a commitment to respectful and constructive communication can only bolster your reputation. If resources are tight or the process seems daunting, start small. Even a commitment to interviewing fewer candidates, ensuring you can provide meaningful feedback to each, is a step in the right direction.

Maintaining a Human Touch

At its core, recruitment is about people. It's about building teams, fostering talent, and creating opportunities for growth and innovation. By ensuring that every candidate receives feedback, we maintain the human touch that is so often lost in the digital age of hiring. This practice speaks volumes about your company's culture and values, signaling to future candidates and current employees alike that you are an organization that cares, listens, and respects the individual.

Let's make a collective commitment to transform the hiring process into one that is more compassionate, respectful, and constructive. By providing feedback to every interviewee, we not only enhance our brand but also contribute positively to the professional growth of individuals. It's a small effort on our part but a significant impact on theirs.

Join the Movement

If you agree that providing feedback should be a non-negotiable part of the recruitment process, let's share this commitment far and wide, encouraging more companies to adopt a more respectful and human-centric approach to hiring. Together, we can make ghosting a thing of the past and pave the way for a more inclusive, supportive, and compassionate professional world.


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