I interviewed a candidate that disclosed to us that the current boss is going through a bankruptcy. The candidate supplied us with his prior employers name, address and telephone number. While this seemed rather inappropriate, an even bigger offense is the fact that the candidate worked in a financial industry and had licenses which prevented him by law from disclosing someone else’s financial situation.
When I pointed this out, my client said “So we can’t trust that this candidate won’t talk about our clients’ financial situations.” My client is right. Disparaging a former boss or co-worker is a red flag in any interview process, no matter what industry or position. Discussing information that is protected by law is not only illegal; it is also unethical.