It is not always a time to share all of what we know.
Good Recruiters give feedback both the good and the bad. Have you ever had a candidate tell you that they sent information or went on an interview and never got any feedback? If you are in a tight niche market you will certainly damage your reputation if you aren’t forthcoming…
But frankly in can be a minefield
What makes it a minefield?
1. Possible discrimination.
2. Negative information came out thru a reference. Are we to protect the person that shared the information?
3. Will sharing the information limit or eliminate communication, industry help, or future business with the recipient of the information?
4. Be careful of sending bad news via email. It is traceable and can easily be misunderstood, in the worse case scenario it could be used as evidence in a lawsuit.
5. Are we sure that the reason they gave us for their decision is the issue or just a safe way to explain their actions? Don’t always relay information as a fact.
“ I wish I could give you more information but the company is reluctant to state a reason for not hiring.”
“The answer they gave me,” we will not be pursuing your candidate. Could be a transfer or a host of a 100 other reasons none of which they share as their normal way of doing business.”
"I feel you have a very strong background. I look forward to pursuing other options on your behalf..... "
Have any of you had experiences where sharing feedback did not goes as well as planned?