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I'm interviewing different people for tech roles and I would like to know if it's considered unprofessional to send them a Linkedin request after the interview.

I'm not a recruiter or a HR person, I'm just interviewing the candidates testing their technical skills.

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It's not unprofessional. LinkedIn is a professional networking site. "Networking" is an incredibly broad term, people can be in your network for a number of reasons. The hiring process for a specific role at a specific employer is a totally separate, and very narrow, thing. The outcome of that process doesn't inherently alter whether or not you'd want someone in your network (which is what I'd base "is it professional to invite them" on).

To put it another way: You'll get people in your LinkedIn contacts list from a wide variety of sources. I have people in my contacts who I worked with years ago, people I've never worked with, people whom I fired, people whom I interviewed and did not hire, people who interviewed me and picked someone else, people I met at conferences, people I've never met, and so on.

Regardless of whether or not your employer hires this candidate, you have a legitimate business relationship with them - which is all it takes to consider adding someone to your network.

If you do decide to add them, it's probably best to do so after the hiring process is complete, so your invitation isn't perceived as part of the process. Also, unless authorized, you should not discuss the hiring process with that person.

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It's not unprofessional. If I were rejected and this was communicated to me, as a candidate I would assume you're perhaps not aware of it. And I can always click Ignore. Standard rules apply when it's a male colleague adding a female.

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  • "standard rules" = no disco chains and open-necked shirts in your profile picture? Nov 27, 2018 at 17:58
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    @PoloHoleSet That's a good start. I was thinking don't be creepy, but really I don't think I should include it, it goes without saying
    – rath
    Nov 27, 2018 at 18:04
  • Why only male to female? Nov 28, 2018 at 12:58
  • @Mawg - While I don't want pet elephants of my neighbors to poo in my yard, the frequency and likelihood of that happening are low enough that when I post on my neighborhood networking site, I generally address my concerns to dog owners, only. Nov 28, 2018 at 16:40
  • @Mawg Because this western culture of ours, rightly or wrongly, perceives males as more sexually... expressive? Aggressive? Anyway. Let's not turn this into an irrelevant discussion, thank you
    – rath
    Nov 28, 2018 at 16:43
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I would ask the person that assigned you the interviewing task.

In the past I was cautioned about reaching out to people I interviewed, because the company only wanted to have one communication channel to candidates. They didn't want multiple people telling candidates where they thought they stood. The company wanted to make sure that communications were documented, to make sure that all candidates were treated fairly.

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