Re: Being asked about my current/old job by applicants
Posted by Thoughts on 5/16/2020, 10:30 pm, in reply to "Being asked about my current/old job by applicants"
The best way to communicate something of this nature to an applicant is to keep everything you say within the bounds of "minimal, but objectively true." |
Use this as an example. You are looking to hire a new assistant for your program. Your applicant, of course, lists their prior supervisor as a reference. You call them up.
Scenario one: "Jack was a fantastic director for us. He was a hard worker who showed excellent capabilities for planning, management, and musical direction of his non-varsity band. When assisting with my varsity band, he was a constant presence in the room who also ran sectionals as needed to prepare the kids for performances. He needs to work a bit on his pacing with a full group, but that'll come in time."
Scenario two: "Jack worked as the assistant director for our program this past year. His responsibilities were working in front of a non-varsity band and assisting with varsity band rehearsals."
Obviously, there is a lot less said in that second example. However, I think it'd be pretty obvious which of the two candidates would be the more appealing one. Nothing said above, though, could be taken as something that could be seen as slanderous or professionally damaging. When speaking to an applicant asking about your current position, it is very important that you are careful about what you say about the job you're leaving. Keep it strictly about the facts. While speaking about the position, make sure to keep your mind on things like the tone of your voice and cadence. Those things can very easily betray your feelings if you're speaking out of frustration.