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Will you commit to telling everyone, from here on out, the honest reason why you're rejecting their invitation? (Everyone! No exceptions!)
- Will you tell that one guy that you won't grab dinner with him because, to be honest, you found him a bit creepy and plus he's kind of ugly?
Nah, you'll make up an excuse. "Oh, so sorry! Would love to but I'm busy that night. Next time!" Or maybe you just don't write back at all. So much for honest feedback.
Turns out that recruiters are people too. They don't see many benefits, but they do see many costs:
- Lawsuits. It just opens them up to lawsuits. If they give you a reason and you don't think that's the right reason, you might jump to discrimination. But if you don't know the reason, you have a much harder time arguing that their reason is invalid.
I would love it if companies gave feedback. In fact, the big consulting firms (McKinsey, Bain, and BCG) do. So you can do it, and I think companies should at least try it as an experiment.
But the easiest, least risky thing is to not give feedback. Everyone else is doing that anyway, so they have good company.
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