March 11th, 2019



My organization hired a new person after a fairly extensive interview process. Two weeks into the job, she died suddenly - she was not old, but had an underlying medical condition that led to a common virus being lethal for her. It was shocking, naturally, but eventually her manger had to hire another person to fill that role. He went back to the candidate pool and selected someone who had been a good strong second choice.

If you were offered a job knowing you were not originally selected (i.e. you got a rejection, then later a "we changed our mind" offer), would you want to know you were replacing the original number one choice who had died? Or would you rather be in the dark and wonder if maybe the original person had just quit/turned down the offer?