Unsuccessful candidates

It is the role of the agency responsible for managing the appointments process to advise unsuccessful candidates of the outcome of their nomination. Advising unsuccessful applicants or nominees is best left until after a final decision has been taken, in case the initial recommendation is not approved. Those whose nomination or application is unsuccessful should be informed promptly and in a sensitive manner. If possible, the reasoning behind the decision could be given at the time, or the decision-making process recorded in such a way that further information can be given to an unsuccessful candidate on request.

Where candidates have been unaware of their nomination, no contact needs to be made with them. Where candidates have been put forward by a nominating agency, the agency responsible for managing the appointments process should advise the nominating agency of the outcome.

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