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Hey all! We have a candidate we're considering for a management position. One of our partners found a news story about him from a few years ago that's negative, though not necessarily awful. It was a small-town-gossipy local news story about his solo business, but all the comments on it from locals said he's a great guy and very professional. Anyways, this partner would like me to question the candidate about this news story. I'm curious how anyone else would approach this? Any suggestions?

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I’d go straight in. Honest conversation, this has landed on our door, what’s your version? I’d say not much more than that and give him the space to put his cards on the table. I wouldn’t ignore, definitely address and perhaps in neutral ground, physically.

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I’d ask myself and the partner, if it’s just gossip and not even a recent story then is it really worth bringing up? It’s awful that we can never escape those types of things or even small mistakes we all make in life. Life is about growth and if his resume and interview was solid what does it say about your company if you dwell on those types of things or feed into small town gossip? If you do proceed be prepared for them to ask if it will have any bearing on their application. In the end no matter what they say, most likely you still won’t know which version of the story is true.

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