Q&A: Candidate Ghosting and Organic LinkedIn Traffic

Episode 39

Episode overview

Time for another Q&A episode!  

Candidate ghosting is on the rise, so what can you do to prevent it from happening? What steps can you take when it happens to you? Pete and Ricky share insightful information about providing each candidate a road map of the hiring process, as well as giving them an opportunity to back out.

As a candidate or hiring authority, what is the best method to build up your LinkedIn profile traffic without buying ads? From regularly posting original content to commenting on trending posts, we have some great advice for you!

We also have some bonus content for our listeners! While it is a little off topic, Ricky discusses how to cook the perfect Ribeye steak. Warning, you will get hungry! 

Additional resources

Questions of the week

How can I ensure my candidate won’t ghost me?

  • Set expectations. Let the candidate know exactly what they can expect through the entirety of the interview process. Put those potential negatives out there, early and often. Give them an out.
  • You are not only here to qualify candidates, but to deliver them as well. Always start by understanding the candidate’s interests before telling them about a job. Don’t make it too easy.
  • Continue to assess your candidates throughout the hiring process. Look for red flags. Let people off the hook, situations change. Be willing to pay attention and act when you sense that their interest may be weighing.

I’m having a hard time growing my LinkedIn network. How can I grow it organically?

  • You need to understand how the algorithm works. Like, share, and comment. Engage in conversation as much as possible in an area you’re interested in.
  • Produce content. You want people to recognize you. Other people will like and share you content and you will then come up on their feeds. Produce consistently to increase engagement. The more you do it, the more people will follow you.
  • Don’t feel intimidated to comment. The benefit outweighs the perceived risk, and that risk is relatively small. Share your opinions, but be sure you are passionate about the subject and really know what you are talking about first.

Pete Newsome

About Pete Newsome

Pete Newsome is the president of 4 Corner Resources, the nationally acclaimed staffing and recruiting firm he founded in 2005. His mission back then was the same as it is today: to do business in a personal way, while building an organization with boundless opportunities for ingenuity and advancement. When not managing 4 Corner’s growth or spending time with his family of six, you can find Pete sharing his sales and business expertise through public speaking, writing, and as the host of the Hire Calling podcast.

Ricky Baez

About Rick Baez

Efrain “Ricky” Baez Jr. is a published human resources professional specializing in strategically aligning HR competencies to business goals with a down to earth, common sense approach. Ricky is a four- year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and holds a Masters degree in Human Resources (MHR) from Rollins College and an SPHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Ricky is also a faculty member for the Master of Human Resources program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.


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