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  #11  
Unread 07-29-2003, 07:10 AM
Nevada
 
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Are you saying that I CAN tell the applicant I was told she was "Not Eligible for Rehire???? That doesn't pose a confidentiality problem anywhere? After thinking about it, I guess she could have called and received the same answer as I did, but am I allowed to tell her why we do not want to hire her? Still learning...Thank you all..
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Unread 07-29-2003, 07:13 AM
mwild31
 
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Yes I am telling you that you can say that to an applicant - especially if after learning this information from the previous employer it affects your determination to either offer a job or not. The applicant can either provide an explanation or they can go to their previous employer to find out why they are ineligible.
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Unread 07-29-2003, 08:36 AM
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Thank you!!! That helps and makes sense...I'm always so afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing.
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Unread 07-29-2003, 09:04 AM
mwild31
 
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You're welcome x:-)
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Unread 07-29-2003, 09:34 AM
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It seems the only reference calls I receive are for former employees that are not eligible for rehire. It seems they can't hold a job for very long. Our policy is to verify dates of employment, position, and whether or not they are eligible for rehire. You have to be fired to receive the ineligible rating, or in the case of a former HR assistant that FINALLY gave her notice, just not worth the trouble.
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Unread 07-29-2003, 11:29 AM
kcovalt
 
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I had an applicant who interviewed well and had the qualification we were looking for. Her former employer said not eligible for rehire. After calling other references and getting good information, I called the former employer back and asked why she wouldn't be eligible for rehire. They said because her position had been eliminated. We hired her and have been very satisified with her.
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Unread 07-30-2003, 02:00 AM
Don D
 
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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.
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Unread 07-30-2003, 02:11 AM
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I agree with Don. I never go into specifics with rejected candidates. When I inform them that the search process is over and they were not chosen, I thank them for their time and interest and simply tell them we made an offer to another candidate who accepted. Very few people have challenged me or pressed me for further details, but on the rare occassion they do, I tell them something like, the person we chose was selected because we felt their qualifications were a better fit for our organization. Kind of "vanilla", but hard for them to dispute. I will not get into a discussion over it. As Don said, it could lead to trouble down the road.
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Unread 07-30-2003, 04:48 AM
Nevada
 
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Thank you everyone....I called all the denied applicants yesterday and did NOT go into any explanations. That was easier than I thought. I did pretty much what Don and Ray said to do and felt good about it. I have a tendancy to try and be honest with everyone and that just doesn't work in this position. You know what I mean? No details....Thank you again for all of your help! You are better than any training in the world! Las Vegas, NV
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Unread 07-30-2003, 04:49 AM
blw
 
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I basically agree with Don and Ray, but have on occasion given a reason. If I have been impressed with a candidate but they lacked something specific such as typing speed or a specific software experience, I have told them that information if they asked.

Re: when we do references, we do them pre-offer.
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