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I found out that the director at the potential job is an old colleague/senior from when we used to work at the same institution a few years ago.
I was debating whether I should reach out to her separately from the application process to talk to her about the job and let her know I’ve applied, especially since she would be the direct manager for this position.
I know that’s crappy, but I can’t see a way around it. Should I tell a rejected candidate that their parent protested our hiring decision?
I recently rejected a candidate who wasn’t a good fit for the position for a variety of reasons.
They responded with an email debating our decision (in a tone that validated we made the right call) and I found out the next day their parent also sent an email to our CEO (they have a loose professional connection) debating my decision (and also implying I did it without management’s blessing … In this situation, would you give the applicant a heads-up that this happened? This candidate already sent you an email debating your decision in a rude tone.
If they’re not interviewing anyone else, then I don’t think you need to set up a formal interview, but I wouldn’t take the job without a pretty detailed conversation with the person who will be managing you.
You want to know things like how the role may have changed since you last held it (a lot can change in seven years) and whether anything about it is different for someone who’s working remotely, and — unless you know your would-be manager very well — you want to get a better feel for her as a manager and for her to be able to get a better feel for you.
But when there’s a clear application process already laid out, it’s generally pretty annoying when people try to go around that rather than following the instructions we asked you to follow. If she thinks it makes sense to set up a call, she will let you know. Can I praise my boss for her work turning around our organization? My boss (of a small not-for-profit) was recently moved into the top role when the CEO left and is now managing the whole organization.