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I interviewed someone and they were clearly sexist. All the other interviewers - all men - liked him a lot. I’m saying no to him and trying to articulate why. Please help? What do I say? The role he would come in for would need to support me and my team- among others. I don’t want to be the difficult person here, but he would clearly not be a good fit and I get the feeling he would not be a good partner to me.

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I'd say something but you need to give examples and keep it factual. If he said something you can refer to, call that out. If it's just a vibe you got you can still say something, but be prepared to defend it.

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If he was being clearly sexist, then I’d say just that and come at the other interviewers with examples. At the very least, you’re on the record with your concerns off the bat (and HR should have a record of the hiring decisions) so if he gets hired anyway, there’s already a paper trail when he starts acting up. TLDR: be difficult.

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Agree with others give examples and make sure it's about the risk to the firm and not to you personally. Doesn't fit with mission/values and poses a reputation all or even financial risk given comments or behavior.

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What did he say or do that convinced you that he was sexist? I think that info would be helpful to understand how to help you communicate this.

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Just say he doesn't align with our corporate standards for diversity and inclusion, that he is a high risk candidate.

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Agree with the other posters - what examples can you give that he was sexist? What was said? Leave how you feel out of it

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Maybe you don’t call him sexist explicitly but you can talk about how his behavior or actions or things he said don’t align with the companies culture and that you don’t think he would be a good fit for the team/mesh well with what you’re building.

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What about suggesting a follow up behavior based interview focused on the candidates ability to respond to scenarios important to what you need on your team?

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