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Juli Smith, President of The Smith Consulting Group – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices Featured in Jobvite, How to Decline the Wrong Job Applicant
By Matt Singer
Selecting the best candidate for a position means turning down dozens of other applicants that you interviewed or spoke to about the job. What, if anything, do you owe the ones you don’t select? Should you offer an explanation? What if they ask? How much feedback should you give?
Email is fine for candidates you never met with, but go the extra mile and pick up the phone for the people who made it to the final rounds of interviews. As President of The Smith Consulting Group, Juli Smith helps businesses find the right executives, and takes her personal experience into her own business.
“I interviewed for a sales position with a Fortune 500 company. I made it through four rounds of interviews, and it was between me and another candidate. I did not get the job, but I clearly remember how grateful I was for the personal call from the VP. He explained the reasons why they selected another candidate, and it allowed me to have closure. This was just prior to taking a job with MRI as a recruiter, so I remember what that felt like. I vowed when I became a recruiter to always tell the candidate something about why they didn’t get the job—to give them the dignity to move on. The VP had the courage to personally call me on the phone and not hide behind an email.”