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“What are the common ways people burn bridges during the hiring process?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – JANUARY 2024

Columbus, OH – JANUARY 2024

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we talk about how not to burn bridges when you’re looking for a job.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
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Ask the Recruiter “What are the common ways people burn bridges during the hiring process?”


We want to wish all of you a very happy New Year! 2023 was an interesting year and we’ll share data highlights in our February newsletter, so stay tuned! As we look at upcoming trends in 2024, we believe companies will be hiring at a steady increasing rate over the year.

This is the time of year when people receive their year-end bonuses and reflect on their career path. If you would like to discuss your current career path or what a potential new path could look like for you, I would welcome the opportunity to chat with you and update your information. In addition, if you need help reviewing or updating your resume, I can help.

I hope you have a wonderful 2024 and am here to help you in any way I can!

Ask the Recruiter – “WHat are the common ways people burn bridges during the hiring process?”

One of the things we frequently tell people is that the healthcare industry is too small to burn any bridges. We advise proceeding with caution and to err on the safe side when interacting with people at your own company, at other companies or with vendors. Each week we hear about companies choosing to do informal references on people rather than a formal reference check. This approach indicates there are off-the-record conversations going on about people’s candidacy. Below are things you can do during the hiring process to ensure you do not burn any bridges:

  • Respond to calls and/or emails – the amount of ghosting going on is scary. Companies are scheduling calls or zoom meetings and people seem to just disappear without any communication as to why.
  • Show up on time – This sounds silly to remind people but showing up on time for interviews and ready for the interview will give you an edge over some people.
  • Communicate – When you are a finalist or going in for a second, third or more interviews it’s imperative to let the company when emergency meetings pop up, something changes on your end, or if you have additional questions.

Landing a new job requires both parties to work together. It can be frustrating when one of the parties stops communicating. Don’t let that person be you because the industry is small, and people do not forget how they were treated or how they were made to feel.

If there is anything you need help with your search, please let me know and reach out.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at