I am working with a client to recruit a new Consultant for them. A candidate (Candidate A) that I put forward and secure an interview for subsequnently tells me that she had already applied directly to this company, was already meeting them later that week and it had slipped her mind to tell me. I obviouisly had no choice but to back off and went in search of a new candidate. I managed to find someone else quickly (Candidate B) who I consider a better candiadte that Candidate A. As such I put her forward to the client with that feedback and he was happy to see her.
Seperate to this I had a meeting at a new client, which purely by coincidence happened to be the previous employer of Candidate A....(hope you are all still with me !). During that meeting her name cropped up and the individual I was meeting, who had been her direct line manager, told me some very concerning things about her.
So here is the dilema.....
Do I have a duty to tell my client this worrying feedback about Candidate A considering that I am no longer representing her and obviously have a vested interest in Candidate B securing the role ?
The outcome of this, I am happy to say, is that I received an offer for my candidate (Candidate B) on Friday which was accepted.
In the end I did tell the client about the concerns I had found out about Candidate A, not to help my chances of getting a placement but because as a loyal client I felt duty bound to. Becuase I gave the negative feedback in a professional and honest manner there were no concerns form my client that he was being dupped.
The lesson i took out form this is that a loyal client is a loyal client at all times.
Thanks for all your comments.