Does sympathy work in job market?Unemployment and layoffs have become a burning problem nowadays and it has become common to see people appearing for job interviews from company to company hoping that they would get a job. We all know that process of hiring and interview is all based on competency of the candidate and how it matches to the employer's requirement for the role. If a candidate is able to satisfy the hiring manager in this regard then he is hired.
But what if a candidate does not have completely matching skills for the job and he is not able to justify in the interview? Obviously, he would be rejected. Sometimes the candidates appearing for the interview may urgently need a job and maybe in a bad financial situation to support himself and his family. I have seen sometimes candidates who are not able to clear the interview pleading the interviewer about their urgency to get a job and requesting them to give a thought from the sympathetic and human point of view. But this does not work I feel.
Now imagine that you are in a position of the senior hiring manager and you have such a candidate in front of you who has not been able to do well during the interview. This candidate then requests you to consider hiring him on humanitarian grounds. Now my question to the members is that would you bow down to sympathy and offer a job to this candidate on humanitarian and sympathetic grounds?
If you go with it then you may also be answerable to your higher authorities if the candidate turns out to be a nonperformer later. On the other hand, you may also feel that giving a job to a needy will be a good human act. But is the candidate speaking the truth about his situation will be another question?
So is there any place for sympathy in the professional world? How you will react and what will be your decision as a hiring manager in this situation?