Ghosted? You will have the last laugh...
Kind of a mean post today, but thought I would share regardless given how many people in this industry get ghosted by employers. I'm here to tell you the good news. If you stay around your industry/sector long enough, you will have the last laugh at a bunch of the people who ghosted you. Here are a list of my experiences. Note that some of these literally took a decade to happen.
One ofinterviews. Went in. Interview went great and was then ghosted. First interviewer was fired about two years later. Got another job at a different firm and was fired after another two years. Talked with me at an industry event years down the road and asked me for job leads. Kind of sad. Half-heartedly helped the dude out. Got to know the second interviewer in my years in the industry. Almost 5 or 6 years later, he offered me a job, I turned it down. Not out of spite, but because I had plenty of better opportunities.
Interviewed forposition. Went in for three seperate interviews. Got ghosted after the third interview. In the mean time, I got a better job. Firm comes back 4 months later and asks me to interview for a fourth time as a candidate fell through. I turn them down. Analyst is fired less than two years later and I believe is now out of the industry.
Interview with an investment bank. Went really well and got ghosted. Fast forward 5 years again. Same MD recently came to pitch a buy side mandate to our company. Let's just say that he didn't get it.
Ghosted at another investment bank. Firm comes back literally six months after saying nothing and offers me to interview again. I turn it down. Bank continues to pitch our company. Fast forward a couple of more years and the group goes under.
Point of this post is to make WSO users feel better about some of the BS in recruitment behavior. The other point is to remind seniors like myself to always treat juniors with a modicum of respect. If you're interviewing young, smart, and ambitious kids, even if you don't offer them a position, odds are someone will. And after that, odds are good that they'll be working on the other side of a deal at some other point or they will join the PE firm that you're trying to pitch in near future. Furthermore, odds are, in this business, that you may be up today and in the gutter tomorrow. Just be nice and burn as few bridges as possible even if it's with someone who might be a nobody in the industry today. Seems like common sense to me but obviously, it needs to be said given the experience of many WSO users.
TLDR: Don't be disrespectful to people in the interview process, the world is a small place.
EDIT: Given the comments below, I think some people are misunderstanding my post. I mean "last laugh" as a figure of speech. I don't mean that I'm literally waiting years and years holding onto grudges and waiting for someone's downfall. I could care less - I'm simply observing the outcome years down the road and how paths can cross again between a job candidate and an interviewer. In addition, you can be an interviewer one day in this business and easily find yourself a job candidate the next day. So, approach other candidates with some basic decency. As I noted in the post, I continue to take meetings with some of these MDs, one offered me a job years down the road once we got to know each other better, and I tried to help another one get a job. A person with a grudge does none of those things. I'm simply saying that if you ghost someone today, you're not starting on a good foot should you ever run into that person in the future and it's foolish to do in an industry which is a small world. For some strange (perhaps personal reason), a lot of commenters below seem to be angry at this fairly basic concept.