Reject with humility

After an hour-long interview, here’s one way to reject this candidate.

‘Based on our interview, she lacks the skills and the aptitude required for this position.’

This rejection is problematic because it assumes that you can judge the skills and the aptitude of a candidate in a one-hour interaction. Here’s an alternative that is more accurate.

‘Based on our interview, I am not confident that she is a good fit for this position.’

The difference is subtle, but significant.

Our recruitment processes aren’t accurate – most processes are only slightly better than pure chance. We need to have the humility to accept this inaccuracy. Further, this humility ought to reflect in the tone and the choice of our words.

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