Whether it’s a recruiter who has gone silent after extending a job offer or a connection on LinkedIn who stops responding, you’ve probably been professionally “ghosted” before. Instances of sudden silence can shatter your confidence and leave you feeling confused and rejected. What went wrong? Is it appropriate to follow up — again?
Instead of feeling haunted by their disappearance, send a brief, lighthearted message and leave the door open for them to reconnect, or to simply let you know what’s going on. You can even ask for a response whether or not they’re interested in meeting up or continuing the conversation. A simple “I’d greatly appreciate you letting me know either way” can often do the trick. Then give it a few business days.
They might surprise you and share that they’ve been working on a major deadline or have been dealing with some issues that came up outside of their job. If you don’t hear back, then consider just moving on. That’s harder to do when there’s a job prospect involved, especially one you’re excited about, but consider how badly you want to work for this company — ghosting during the hiring process can be a sign of a company culture you want to avoid.