A New Study Confirms That Ghosting During the Hiring Process Has Hit Crisis Levels

By: Shannon Patterson, CPR, CMSR
Kolbe Certified™ Consultant
Director of Practice Opportunities

Ghost·ing (noun). The practice of ending a relationship with someone suddenly, and without explanation, withdrawing from all communication. 

“Ghosting” is a term most of us have heard of and often we associate it with dating, but in the last eighteen months, we have seen this behavior trickle into the interview and hiring process. In the beginning, we thought it was due to the pandemic. Candidates were all scrambling on where they should be and what opportunities would be “safe” post-pandemic, so it was understandable. What we didn’t realize was that this behavior would become what candidates view as “normal” during their job search. 

Indeed, one of the largest job aggregation sites, recently confirmed in a survey what we have long suspected – “ghosting”, has become a widespread common practice among candidates looking for opportunities. Let’s face it, the interview process is not always fun; it is often an uncomfortable dance for both the candidate and the potential employer. 

So why would a candidate “ghost” a potential employer? The answer is pretty simple and relates back to dating. Candidates hope that by “ghosting” a potential employer that the employer will “get the hint” that the candidate is no longer interested in the job opportunity. In doing this, the candidate avoids a tough face-to-face conversation to tell the employer he/she is no longer interested. 

The harsh reality is that our culture of busyness combined with technology allows us to avoid having tough conversations. I am not talking about the texts and emails that fall through the cracks, but rather when we look at our phone and flat out ignore answering or replying because we want to avoid communicating and giving bad news.  

Candidates are often afraid that providing any type of negative feedback to a potential employer might come back to bite them in the future and potentially harm their reputation as they look for other opportunities. It might seem easier to just keep quiet and hope that the potential employer stops reaching out.  However, the best option is to communicate and simply let the employer know that you are still actively interviewing and you have not made a final decision. It is important to understand that most employers have invested a lot of time, money, and effort to find candidates. If you have lost interest or decided to pull out of an opportunity, providing feedback in a constructive way to that employer can help tremendously as the employer continues to search for a doctor. 

So regardless of the reason you decide to decline a job offer, you need to be upfront and honest so that you don’t burn bridges and tarnish your reputation.  Providing a reason and being polite with potential employers will help them remember you positively, and, believe it or not, might help you in your future career moves. Below are some graceful ways you can politely decline a job offer: 

1) Choose a form of communication that makes you most comfortable when you break the news. If you feel you will become nervous and panicky on a phone call then a polished email would be a better option. However, it is often best when turning down a job offer to use the same method of communication, they used to extend it. 

2) When turning down a position it is imperative to be as appreciative and thankful as possible, so preface your rejection with appreciation and start with “thank you”. It is important to remember employers have invested a lot of time and energy into the interviewing process. Ex; “Thank you so much for this job offer and for the opportunity to get to know you and your team better.”  

3) It is important to be clear that you are not accepting the offer and why. Again, you want to do this in a gracious manner but be explicit on why you are passing on the opportunity. Ex; “However, I have to decline the opportunity.” 

4) Provide an honest, brief, and specific reason you are declining the offer. This is the part most candidates want to gloss over, but the employer deserves feedback on why you are not accepting the position. You don’t have to go into great detail but be prepared to provide a few key points, whether you are going with another opportunity, the practice culture wasn’t the right fit, the location wasn’t ideal, or if the pay was not where you needed it to be. You can soften the blow by providing a detail or two about what you liked about the practice. Ex; “I have decided to accept a position closer to my family in North Carolina.”

5) If the opportunity was a good one, offer to provide them a recommendation with other job seekers. This demonstrates that you care about them and their practice although it wasn’t right for you. 

6) Express your desire to stay connected, because you never know where your connections might lead to in the future; orthodontics is a small world. Ex; “Again, I truly enjoyed meeting you and your team and I look forward to staying in touch.”  

Deciding not to move forward with an opportunity or decline a job offer is never easy, but communicating politely and professionally will make you feel a lot better in the end. Ghosting a potential employer can potentially damage future relationships and hurt your reputation, so create a favorable image of yourself that leaves the door open for any future opportunities.

Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Midland / Odessa, Texas Region

 busy, multi-location orthodontic practice, focused on the highest quality of orthodontic care located in the Greater Midland / Odessa, Texas area is looking to add an associate to their team.

A busy, multi-location orthodontic practice, focused on the highest quality of orthodontic care located in the Greater Midland / Odessa, Texas area is looking to add an associate to their team.

A recent study named Midland & Odessa two of the best places in the country for living the American Dream. The financial advisers at SmartAsset ranked the best cities in America for people chasing the American Dream – out of the 257 largest cities in America, Odessa came in second, and Midland was third in the SmartAsset study. Odessa led the country in economic mobility rate and Midland was second. Midland also boasted one of the best unemployment rates. Young professionals are flocking to these areas in large numbers. Many are coming to take advantage of the many career opportunities being offered. The average household income in the U.S. is $53,482, and Midland has an above household income average of $67,144. Because of this young people of moving to the area and businesses are growing rapidly.

Join a busy, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly practice while enjoying the conveniences and excitement of a larger city, but with the charm and hospitality of a close-knit community. You and your family will be enriched by interesting people, amazing art, incredible food, and rich history. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please send your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] or [email protected].

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Orthodontic Practice for Sale: Southern Virginia

A private, multi-location practice located in Southern Virginia is for sale

A private, multi-location practice located in Southern Virginia is for sale.

Southern Virginia is dotted with lively American Main Street communities, Revolutionary history, Civil War battlefields, and Civil Rights heritage. The region is home to many stunning scenic byways and country roads that will lead through beautiful state parks and attractions. If you enjoy motorsports, Southern Virginia’s raceways will keep your heart racing – there’s no wonder it’s called Virginia’s Racing Region. It’s home to six speedways and raceways, there’s plenty of NASCAR, motorsport, track racing, and racing tradition.

The outdoors and waterways of Southern Virginia are vast with an abundance of hiking, biking, boating, hunting, and fishing opportunities. With miles of shoreline to enjoy, scenic byways, and lush countryside to meander through, opportunities for outdoor recreation and water sports abound. The quaint historic communities offer shopping, antiques, and both homestyle and eclectic dining. Southern Virginia is home to three world-class resorts – Primland ResortVirginia International Raceway, and Berry Hill Resort. Southern Virginia is an easy drive to enjoy professional sports played by the Carolina Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes or collegiate teams like Virginia Tech, UVA, UNC, and Duke.  

If you are interested in learning more about this outstanding practice opportunity, please send your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] and [email protected].

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Full-Time Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

This is a fantastic career opportunity for an orthodontist seeking to become engaged in the local community and change lives.

A growing orthodontic practice is looking for a full-time associate to join their team in Nash County, North Carolina.

Nash County brings the all perks of small-town living all the while providing easy access to nearby cities and beaches. Situated just off of I-95 and Hwy 64, Nash County is a quick drive to everything North Carolina has to offer, from the crystal waters off the coast to the scenic peak of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not only that, but the area is a halfway point between New York and Florida. Locals enjoy day trips to both the beach and to the mountains.

Nash County is less than an hour’s drive to Raleigh and in some parts of the county, you can get to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in less than 30 minutes. Its excellent geographic location and has helped the population growth and the community thrive. Residents can enjoy what is locally offered, but can easily travel to Raleigh or many other places in the state. Location and affordability are two key factors contributing to Nash County’s excellent quality of life, but they’re far from the only highlights. Major companies such as Cummins, Cheesecake Factory, and Pfizer provide an active growing job market.

From Stonewall Manor to its Civil War reenactments, there’s a lot of rich history to appreciate. Its charming small towns offer an interesting blend of recreational opportunities, sports events, plus arts and cultural experiences. The entertainment and local business scene in Nash County has recently undergone a kind of renaissance. With recent openings of Rocky Mount Mills which offers a handful of new dining and shopping options in one convenient location and also hosts events that bring out the whole community. Residents enjoy a packed social calendar filled with annual events, such as the highly-anticipated Eastern Carolina Barbeque Throwdown which includes music, crafts, and dancing – an unforgettable BBQ competition.

This is a fantastic career opportunity for an orthodontist seeking to become engaged in the local community and change lives. The ideal candidate for this opportunity will be late 2022. If you are interested in learning more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] and [email protected].

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Full-Time Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

A growing orthodontic practice is seeking a full-time associate to join their team in Halifax County, North Carolina.

A growing orthodontic practice is seeking a full-time associate to join their team in Halifax County, North Carolina.

Halifax County is located in northeastern North Carolina and is often called the state’s “cradle of history”, as it is the birthplace of the “Halifax Resolves”, a document that gave rise to the creation of the Declaration of Independence. The area offers a historical step back into time with its roots deep in American history and culture.

Halifax County offers beautiful lakes, theaters, antique shops, museums, golf courses, and much more. It has all the natural qualities and amenities that make it a great place to live and work. From Lake Gaston to Medoc Mountain State Park, its natural landscape provides a wealth of recreational activities. It is home to Sylvan Heights Bird Park, the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered waterfowl and over 2,500 birds from around the world. The county is also home to some of the nation’s best-preserved early 18th-century engineering at the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail – it’s the state’s longest museum with a 35-foot single-arch aqueduct and over seven miles of trails to explore.

The county is a great place for business and business competitiveness. It offers easy access to all forms of transportation – interstate highways, airports, railways, and NC and VA shipping ports, making it a mobile community for locals, visitors, and businesses. Being halfway between New York and Florida, manufacturers and distributors can ship their products to over half of the US population in a one-day drive. The region is also less than 90 minutes from three international airports.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an orthodontist in a welcoming community, filled with southern charm, rich history, and mouthwatering dining options. If you are interested in learning more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] and [email protected].

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Full-Time Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Bainbridge, Georgia

Live, work, and play in Bainbridge, Georgia as a full-time orthodontic associate

Smile Doctors is seeking a full-time orthodontist to join their team in Bainbridge, Georgia.

THIS REMARKABLE CAREER OPPORTUNITY OFFERS:

  • $50,000 Sign-On Bonus or
  • Tuition Reimbursement ($100,000 over 5 Years)

Discover the true beauty and hospitality of the South, all with modern amenities in Bainbridge. The city is conveniently located in southwest Georgia and is within driving distance to many cities including Tallahassee, Florida. The cornerstones of Bainbridge’s outdoor activities are the Flint Riverand Lake Seminole, both offer abundant fishing and water sports. In fact, the Georgia State Legislature named Bainbridge The Bass Capital of Georgia. Additional outdoor recreation includes world-class hunting and tennis facilities, miles of trails, a BMX Pump Track, and the state’s first National Fitness Court. 

Bainbridge was named one of 2020’s Top 55 Micropolitan Cities in the United States by Site Selection Magazine, a leading economic development publication. Downtown Bainbridge offers quaint boutiques, eateries, and many friendly faces. The area hosts numerous community events throughout the year including family-friendly festivals, holiday parades, the annual Flint River Fair, and River Town Days.

Smile Doctors offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • Guaranteed Daily Rate & Production Incentive
  • Full Medical Benefits
  • C.E. Allowance
  • Life Insurance (company paid)
  • Clinical Mentorship & Doctor Coaching
  • Exceptional Clinical Support Team

Smile Doctors Mission:

Our mission is to brighten futures through authentic smiles within our communities. We love people first, straighten teeth second.  At Smile Doctors, we see people as people and embrace authentic smiles. Our people-first culture creates a fun-loving contagious environment with positive interactions that inspire team members and patients to uplift themselves and others within the communities we serve.

If you are interested in learning more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] or [email protected].

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Full-Time Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Douglas, Georgia

Smile Doctors is seeking a full-time orthodontist to join their team in Douglas, Georgia.

Smile Doctors is seeking a full-time orthodontist to join their team in Douglas, Georgia.

THIS REMARKABLE CAREER OPPORTUNITY OFFERS:

  • $50,000 Sign-On Bonus or
  • Tuition Reimbursement ($100,000 over 5 Years)

Live, work, and play in Douglas, the county seat of Coffee County. It has all the amenities you will need to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of a southern lifestyle. Rich in history and culture, the area offers something for everyone including a peaceful quality of life in an economically robust region. It is home to Broxton Rocks, which was named one of the 30 Natural Wonders in Georgia by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and WSB-TV. Locals stroll the nature trails at General Coffee State Park and follow the trail of the rare gopher tortoise. For horse lovers, the park offers more than 13 miles of equestrian trails.

Douglas offers what your taste buds are looking for – all kinds of foods and menu options, including the kind grandma used to make. Farm fresh products are available at the Coffee County Farmer’s Curb Market, Red Brick Farm, or Deep South Growers. Shopping is abundant in Douglas with many local specialty retail stores or in the historic downtown which is known for unusual products, boutiques, and antiques.

Smile Doctors offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • Guaranteed Daily Rate & Production Incentive
  • Full Medical Benefits
  • C.E. Allowance
  • Life Insurance (company paid)
  • Clinical Mentorship & Doctor Coaching
  • Exceptional Clinical Support Team

Smile Doctors Mission:

Our mission is to brighten futures through authentic smiles within our communities. We love people first, straighten teeth second.  At Smile Doctors, we see people as people and embrace authentic smiles. Our people-first culture creates a fun-loving contagious environment with positive interactions that inspire team members and patients to uplift themselves and others within the communities we serve.

If you are interested in learning more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] and [email protected].

Click here to view additional practice opportunities available from Bentson Copple & Associates.

Full-Time Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

A growing orthodontic practice is seeking a full-time associate orthodontist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

A growing practice is seeking a full-time associate orthodontist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The City of Tuscaloosa is one of the most picturesque college towns in the South, and college football is king. “ROLL TIDE” is the distinctive chant one can hear clearly on Saturdays during fall football season, as it is home to the University of Alabama. The city is conveniently located minutes away from the best water and outdoor activities the state has to offer. Take advantage of 23 miles of hiking and biking paths located at Lake Lurleen State Park. Grab the family and take a stroll along the Riverwalk where you can stop at one of many playgrounds for the kids, enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade, or simply relax in a covered gazebo.

Tuscaloosa is a diverse, family-friendly community offering something for everyone. It is one of the best places to live in Alabama. It has a lively downtown scene, friendly neighborhoods, and excellent schools. With hundreds of restaurants, activities, museums, and parks, it has managed to become one of Alabama’s most progressive cities.

This career opportunity offers:

  • Competitive Compensation Package
  • Income Guarantee + Performance-Based Income
  • Continue Education Reimbursement
  • State Licensure Reimbursement
  • PTO
  • Health Insurance
  • 401K Participation

This is an excellent opportunity for an associate doctor to work in an orthodontic practice focused on personalized care, commitment to excellence, and transforming lives. If you are interested in learning more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] and [email protected].

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Full-Time Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Kansas City, Missouri

Full-Time Orthodontic Associate needed in Kansas City, Missouri

A thriving orthodontic practice in Kansas City, Missouri is seeking a full-time associate orthodontist with a sign-on bonus.

Located along the banks of the Missouri River, Kansas City is known for its long tradition of jazz music, unique style of barbeque, and craft breweries. Ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. based on the quality of life, job market, and cost of living – it is the “small, big city” of the USA. Kansas City is an exhilarating fusion of history, soul, and influences from around the world and is a vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike. 

The area has multiple characteristics that set it apart from other Midwestern towns. The city has a steadily growing job market with a wide variety of career opportunities. USnews.com reports the market is promising which is a tremendous benefit for those looking to relocate. As many Millennials are flocking to Kansas City for its desirable cost of living and optimal job market, the area is also experiencing small independent business growth with high-end custom boutiques, restaurants, and coffee houses.  

Kansas City is a great place to raise a family. The Kansas City Zoo is often recognized as one of the top zoos in North America, encompassing 200-plus acres and more than 1,700 diverse creatures from across the world. It is home to Union Station, one of the nation’s oldest and most historic landmarks. Attractions there include Science City (an interactive science center), the KC Rail Experience, a planetarium, several performance theaters, and traveling exhibits. For families who love baseball, enjoy one of the Kansas City Royals home games. Kansas City is also well-known across the nation for the National WWI Museum and Memorial – the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts, videos, and immersive experiences. 

This is a great opportunity for an associate to work with a team that believes in changing lives through orthodontics and positively impacting their community. To learn more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] and [email protected].

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Full-Time Orthodontic Associate Opportunity: Tulsa, Oklahoma

An orthodontic practice with two locations located in Tulsa, Oklahoma is seeking a motivated full-time orthodontic associate

An orthodontic practice with 2 locations located in Tulsa, Oklahoma is seeking a motivated full-time orthodontic associate to join their practice. This opportunity is offering a $25,000 sign-on bonus. 

Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma and was considered “Oil Capital of the World.”  Tulsa has its roots as an energy city, but is now home to a diverse workforce, a vibrant and historic downtown, and an abundance of entertainment and cultural activities. It is home to big city amenities like thriving arts programs, a diverse and growing business community, and a beautiful downtown – but Tulsa’s affordability makes it stand out from other metro cities. In 2017, Tulsa was named one of the Top 10 Most Affordable Cities according to Realtor.com. In addition, the city ranked number 10 on their list of the top housing markets of 2018.

Tulsa is a hidden gem within the Midwest filled with great people, great opportunities, and a great amount of history. There are magnificent mansions built by the oil economy and world-class examples of Art Deco architecture. It also has a flourishing nightlife in the Arts District complete with local breweries and a thriving music scene. You can also take in many fine art collections at the Phillbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum. For outdoor enthusiasts, some of the best lakes and nature preserves in the country are located only two hours away from the city.

Consider calling Tulsa home – it’s a great place to raise a family thanks to its low cost of living, wonderful school systems, and plenty of family-friendly activities. If you are interested in learning more about this practice opportunity, please forward your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] and [email protected].

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