I am a hiring manager and have been working with my companies HR department since November to fill a vacant position.
March 2,2023 at 3:57PM UTC
Recently, the HR department forwarded resumes of two candidates that would be a good fit for the position. Yesterday, two team members and I interviewed with the first candidate (who was an internal applicant). Afterwards, I let HR know that this person would be an excellent candidate for the position. However, I wanted to meet with the second candidate who could also be a good fit. The HR recruiter followed up to let me know the second candidate would not be able to start until the second week of May and asked if this would this be a deal breaker. I told them that it was a deal breaker especially since the first candidate had interviewed so well.
I've worked with my company for 20 years and my past hires have all been successful. So I was baffled when my HR department called me to ask me if I asked "good questions" during the interview and did the candidate "provide meaningful responses that would indicate they could do the job." When I said yes, HR continued this line of questioning to the point where I asked if HR had identified any red flags that I should be aware of. HR said no, but it was more important to hire the "right" candidate than to rush the process... and that I most likely wouldn't be able to fill the position until May anyway.
The first candidate already works for my company so HR provided me with the opportunity to physically go to their office and read a print out of this person's 2022 year end review. Upon review, it only solidified my decision. Not to mention, everyone I know who has worked with this person says they are a delight to work with.
This morning I received an email from HR informing me that we need to keep the interview with the second candidate because they had provided HR with all the application paperwork. The message also said that HR would proceed with extending the job offer to candidate one. I am so confused. Why would I want to meet with a candidate who, if I even wanted to hire, would not be able to start until mid-May? Especially since we are offering the position to candidate one.
Is this normal HR procedure?
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