What Happens When You Hit Ignore in LinkedIn?

By Erin Martise

Updated May 25, 2023

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What Happens When You Hit Ignore in LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a social network aimed at business professionals and can be a useful resource for making professional contacts. As with many similar sites, a LinkedIn relationship begins when one user requests that another form a relationship with them: this is known as adding the user to your network. The user receiving the request must accept the request before the pair will be linked on the site. The consequences of rejecting this request depend on the way in which you reject it. Connection requests are common LinkedIn invitations on the social media platform between LinkedIn profiles and can form from friends, colleagues or acquaintances.

LinkedIn connection requests are very common among the marketing world, and by accepting the requests, you will grow your network. Pending invitations and invitations sent can be seen in your profile. If you choose to accept the invitation, you can even send a follow-up message to that profile and new connection with a personalized message. This professional network platform allows for entrepreneurs to even add possible clients to their networks for more work in a high-quality way. To accept, if desired, LinkedIn users just have to click the accept button or the connect button can be clicked to request another LinkedIn member.

Connection invitations can be sent whenever and to whomever you desire. Influencers will commonly connect with brands they are sharing interest in. Connecting with someone is like sending a friend request on other platforms, but with LinkedIn, it is a more professional tool of marketing within the invitation and invitation message itself. Sent invitations can be seen, and you can even resend invitations if needed. Recruiters will often connect with those who apply for their company’s job to view their personal branding efforts, mutual connections, and other aspects of their LinkedIn network. New invitations are found among the sent and accepted invitations to connect.

Literally Ignoring

If you literally ignore a request -- that is, you don't take any action whatsoever, the request will remain in your LinkedIn inbox as a new message in the Invitations section. It is possible you may later receive a reminder e-mail from LinkedIn, although this doesn't always happen.

Ignore Button

Pressing the "Ignore" button on the listed invitation on the LinkedIn site is effectively a "soft" rejection. The message then moves to your "Archived" folder. You can later choose to open the message again and accept the request.

When you click the "Ignore" button, the person making the request does not get notification that you have done so. They will be able to tell you have not accepted the request, but cannot tell if you have actively clicked on Ignore or simply haven't responded yet.

I Don't Know This Person

After clicking "Ignore", you will see an extra option marked "I Don't Know This Person." This doesn't affect your dealing with the request and if you click this option you'll still be able to retrieve the invitation from your archive and accept it later. Clicking this option simply acts as a signal to LinkedIn. If five people click the option in response to requests from the same user, that user may get their account suspended while LinkedIn investigates or warns the user to only make requests to people they know.

Other Options

As well as choosing between "Accept" and "Ignore", you can send a message to the other user before making a decision. You do this through a drop-down option on the "Accept" button. Sending a message in this way does not count as accepting the request. This option can be useful if you are not sure if you recognize the person.

When dealing with an invitation you have a third button that you can press marked "Report Spam." This acts as a complete rejection and means the invitation disappears rather than moving to your archive box. You should use this option if you believe the person is not using LinkedIn for legitimate networking purposes.