As a hiring manager, your job doesn’t end once you pick the right candidate. Learning how to reject the other candidates, particularly if it was a tough choice, is also part of the job. It can get even trickier when you are dealing with new grad jobs where candidates may have their heart set on working for a particular company and they were a good fit, just not good enough.
Don’t Jump on the Emotional Roller Coaster Ride
Hiring for a fresh graduate job can bring in all sorts of youthful energy. However, it also can come with high hopes and emotions. It’s up to you as the hiring manager to set the tone of the process and not allow the candidate’s reaction to sway your decision. Modeling professional behavior will help the young candidate learn how to react better in the future.
Choose the Communication Medium Carefully
In the past, boomers might have expected a phone call with the news, even if they didn’t get the job. Younger candidates are familiar enough with electronic media that they don’t expect the same type of one-on-one contact. You can send them an email that lets them know they unfortunately didn't get the position. Including why is up to you.
Should You Provide Feedback?
One question hiring managers aren’t always sure about is whether to provide feedback or not. For strong candidates, it’s important to let them know they were a finalist for the opening, particularly if you would like them to re-apply at a future time. Be courteous and respectful. Encourage them to keep trying for new positions you post on the FirstJob’s job board.
The FirstJob online job portal can connect you with recent college grads who are well qualified, providing you with more, better quality candidates to chose from. If you are looking for new talent, post your job to gain exposure to millions of college graduates, use our tools to screen applicants for your specific needs, and connect with your next new hire quickly and easily.