RE: Not Eligible for Rehire
Nevada: Although you CAN tell an applicant why they were not hired, it is rarely, if ever, wise to do so. Nothing positive is accomplished and often the remarks can be turned against the employer in the form of a charge of some sort. I have always found it best to just give a bland general statement to all rejected candidates who did not float to the top. Something like, "The company has made a decision regarding the position of Electrical Engineer. We appreciate your interest in Atomic Solutions, Inc, however, another candidate was accepted for this position." If the candidates badgers you on the phone or seems insistent that he/she have a specific answer, depending on the level to which his anxiety/insistence has risen I would say something somewhere between, "We've made an offer and it's been accepted. I appreciate your interest." and "John, I think this is the fifth time you have called regarding the position that was filled a month ago. I've explained that we do not give candidates specific feedback as to how the selection decision was made. Again, there is no need for you to continue calling me about this." Nor should we tell rejected candidates who was hired and what that person's credentials were that led to the hire. There is nothing to be gained by entering into a conversation about the rejection, the successful candidate, the job's content, the candidate's prior experience or a tennis match with him/her.