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Old 02-05-2014, 01:18 AM
 
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I don't get why people are saying both people would be out if this ever happened. The first person didn't do anything wrong - maybe they are the target of the second person's jealousy. Hardly their fault.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I don't see how this would happen, but, if it did. I would rule out both people most likely. Drama flags.
I second this.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I second this.
I third it. Or maybe by now, fourth or fifth it!

Pretty far-fetched scenario. But if it ever does happen, I will be sure to return to this thread and post about it!
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:02 AM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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I would immediately rule out the "rat". Talk about negative energy and drama. You can't make your own candle burn more brightly by blowing out someone else's.

Then, I would do my normal due diligence on the first applicant: normal background check, resume, work history available, references, etc. If it all checks out, then the first applicant moves on in the process.

What they are "alleged" to have done in private and on their own time, I have no way of finding out (other than legal due diligence) so at that point it's only mud-slinging and name-calling by the "rat".

This is what some people like to call "acting like an adult".
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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I don't see how this would happen, but, if it did. I would rule out both people most likely. Drama flags.
Exactly. The instigator would be done. The other person probably would, but I guess that depends.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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I don't see how this would happen, but, if it did. I would rule out both people most likely. Drama flags.
Thirded - with a caveat.

If I had already gotten good reviews about the person in question from a source I trusted, I would weigh that over what a competing candidate said. The candidate who made those remarks in that case would be blacklisted forever.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: NJ
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The OP did say the email was being sent anonymously. So that rules out crossing the "rat" off the list. That would certainly pose a bit of an issue if I was the hiring manager. I sure as heck wouldn't knowingly hire that person, but I would assume it was another applicant.

And I would absolutely not hold it against the person being talked about at face value. I might dig a bit deeper if any of the issues seemed worthy of checking out, but I would probably go in assuming they were incorrect.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:06 AM
 
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Considering the fact that most, if not all, employers don't want potential drama or negative publicity, and since the email was sent anonymously, the person the email is about would be crossed out. This isn't fair, but it's life.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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I thought this kind of stuff ended in high school, maybe this is more common than I thought but I don't think so. Could this actually be weighed against the applicant?

Say you are applying to a job somewhere (or a special project within your workplace). Someone that knows you is applying too. The other person emails the hiring manager anonymously with pictures something like, "I feel like giving you a heads up. You shouldn't hire Mr. John Smith, I worked with him before and he doesn't start things until the day before they are due. He cracked under pressure during a client meeting and there are rumors that he uses escorts. You don't want that kind of energy affecting the public standing of Company X".


I wouldn't hire the person who gave me the "heads up" either. A person like that cannot be trusted. Also, who is THIS person to tell a hiring manager who he should and who he shouldn't hire?? Or what he wants or doesn't want? And why would you only tell the hiring manager this NOW (assuming you both work on the job already because you said it's a project)? Why woudn't you have said something before??? Sounds like the "heads up" person isn't qualified and only wants to make the other person look bad in some way so he will look better.

Childish. I would NEVER hire someone who wants to give me a "heads up" on someone else and proceed to tell me BS and rumors.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:51 AM
 
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I wouldn't hire the person who gave me the "heads up" either. A person like that cannot be trusted. Also, who is THIS person to tell a hiring manager who he should and who he shouldn't hire?? Or what he wants or doesn't want? And why would you only tell the hiring manager this NOW (assuming you both work on the job already because you said it's a project)? Why woudn't you have said something before??? Sounds like the "heads up" person isn't qualified and only wants to make the other person look bad in some way so he will look better.

Childish. I would NEVER hire someone who wants to give me a "heads up" on someone else and proceed to tell me BS and rumors.
And exactly how would you know who this person that gave you a heads up? Remember that the email is anonymous.

On the other hand, I'm willing to bet my entire bank account the person mentioned in the email is done. It's not fair, but it's life. Employers would rather be safe than sorry.
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