Last week we began our two-part series on the modern phenomenon of “ghosting” – which is when someone suddenly stops all communication with you without an explanation. This week we are delving into why, as a candidate, you should never ghost a potential employer.

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve applied for a job, were granted an interview, but then for one reason or another you decide not to continue with the process. Hoping to avoid an awkward phone conversation, you don’t do anything before the interview time. You just don’t show up. You’ve ghosted them.

Here’s why you should NEVER be the ghost in your job search: it’s RUDE, UNPROFESSIONAL, and YOU WILL BURN BRIDGES.

Do you remember learning the “golden rule” as a child? Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It still applies to you as an adult. So, if you decide to back out of a job interview because it doesn’t feel right, you got a better offer, or decided to stay at your current clinic, do the courteous thing and let the hiring manager know you decided to stop the application process. You wouldn’t want a clinic to stand you up for your big interview.

As a veterinarian, you are a professional in the field of animal medicine. You should always act that way, whether you’re already on the job or seeking one. Treat clinic managers as you would colleagues – with professional kindness and respect.

Finally, whenever you stand someone up or fail to communicate in a professional manner, you are burning bridges that could have carried you throughout your career. Those burned bridges don’t fade away. Recruiters and hiring managers often remember those who don’t show up; those same employers could move on to other clinics where you might apply down the road.

The bottom line: if it doesn’t feel like the right fit, make sure you CALL before you call it quits. Remember, we can help place you where you want to go.


Jeffrey Audette