Breadcrumbing; The dating craze infecting recruitment

9 months ago by Sophie Stones

Breadcrumbing; The dating craze infecting recruitment


When we wrote about ‘ghosting’ in the workplace earlier this year, we thought we’d heard the last of extreme dating trends crossing over into the work environment, however, this time taking lessons from Hansel and Gretel, ‘breadcrumbing’ is becoming a term not just used by the tinder generation.

Referring to the behaviour of showing just enough attention to keep a partners attention but not enough to ensure any commitment, the saying has become synonymous with the hiring process. And whether that’s through checking your LinkedIn profile long after an interview or liking tweets weeks after, it’s not helping hiring managers with their image.

Being as confusing and often as infuriating as the dating world, for many of us, searching for a new job alone, can leave us feeling confused about what the rules actually are. Do you follow up on an interview or not? Is it pushy to email asking for feedback or is it just good practice? Breadcrumbing makes these questions all the more relevant by ensuring that a previously applied for role continues to be in your peripheral vision.

Referred to as ‘ghostings sadistic cousin’, Breadcrumbing can waste your time significantly more than the former, meaning you take longer to move onto greener pastures by holding out hope for a role that is never going to be yours. And whilst they may simply be stalling for time, hoping for a position to turn up, it’s just as likely that they may be holding out for someone better suited to come along. It’s this uncertainty which makes breadcrumbing so agonising.

Ensuring that you don’t put all of your eggs in the same basket, you can avoid falling into the breadcrumb trap by not loafing around when it comes to your job search. Often we can become attached to a role we feel is our soul-mate, however playing the field will ensure you don’t end up alone with a load of cats. Watching out for signs like your potential employer being vague about future plans or unwilling to give you a start-date will also help you to avoid getting your heart-broken.