I have a client who recently responded to a resume and called the applicant to conduct a telephone interview. Everything about this applicant was positive, and the telephone interview went well. When the financial part came up, the monies being offered were less than what the applicant desired. In an attempt to determine the financial needs of the applicant, he was asked, by the manager, whether or not he was married. The applicant became very irrate and a very quick apology did not soothe the situation. After the manager hung up the phone, he made notes on the email originally received with the resume. He indicated such notes as, “He has a strong legal background of knowledge,” Scarey,” “Do not hire,” and a few such notable remarks.
The manager, who normally backs his emails up to another site, accidently emailed the notes that he had just made, back to the applicant. Do you see the problem?? Potentially this is/can be an issue.
As I have stated many times in the past, small talk can get you into trouble. Be aware of the questions that cannot be asked at the interview stage. Furthermore, interview notes are discoverable, if they exist at the time a lawsuit is filed.
Once again, “Let’s becareful out there!”