As professionals, we know that not every interaction with a candidate works out. Maybe you have met with a candidate and feel they do not have the skills necessary to perform the job, or maybe you feel that they just wouldn’t fit into your organization or team. Whatever the reason, there just wasn’t a spark, and you are ready to end the relationship. Again, whether you want to admit it or not, it is a relationship. You met with someone, discussed an opportunity and potentially got their hopes up. So, where do you go from here? How do you let the person know they are not going to be moving forward?
The truth is, it isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. If you were dating someone and then didn’t want to see them again, wouldn’t you let them know? The sad fact is that potential candidates will remember how they were treated during the interview process, and this will impact your reputation, your company’s reputation, and your ability to hire top talent in the future.
An excerpt from HIRE with FIRE: The Relationship-Driven Interview and Hiring Method written by Denise and Randy Wilkerson