Candidates Are People Too

This is sadly all too common a tale in hiring: 

I once recommended a friend of mine to a well-established start up with a global presence. That person was well-suited for the position. The company initially thought so too. They had my friend come in for several interviews. They even encouraged me to pitch my friend on working for the company.

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My friend told me the interviews went well except for one awkward personal question. This company had the nerve to ask if having children would keep them from fulfilling their job duties: 1. Not legal. 2. Talk about cognitive bias! - Parents are often organized, prioritizing geniuses because actual lives depend on them. 

Well, all of a sudden this company went silent. A couple weeks went by and my friend and I deduced from LinkedIn that the job went to someone else. The company never even let my friend know they went in a different direction. I find such behavior both common and disgusting in hiring. Not only did this company expose themselves to a potential lawsuit, but you better believe I’ll never send anyone their way again. What’s tragic is that this entire situation is completely avoidable. 

Rejecting someone is hard. But, being able to turn someone down with dignity should be a requirement for anyone working in hiring. All this company had to do is understand the laws/morals surrounding interviewing a parent and communicate directly with the candidate. It’s not rocket science - it takes some degree of humanity and a little courage. You have to wonder how many people this company has rubbed the wrong way. If it’s a systemic problem, it’s costing them dearly in both money and talent. Don’t be that company. 

Candidates are people and EVERY hiring process needs to be built with that mindset from the ground up. A key reason I decided to work at Perfect Loop is expressly because treating job seekers with dignity is a core value we strive for. Companies that vet job seekers with respect, instead of acting like a 23 year old on Bumble, are better off in the long run. Ask our clients. 

Nate Chaffetz
Director of Business Development