About a year ago I resigned from my ex-employer. After my resignation, my ex-employer hired some new people. As the work load in my new company increases continuously, my new employer decided to hire some new people. A person working for my ex-employer (from those hired right after my departure) sent his resume to my new company. My supervisor consulted me and based on his resume, we mutually decided to interview him. The appointment was set for today, but he never showed up. The administrative assistant kept calling him for a couple of hours but he never answered the calls or called back.
What I suspect is that the candidate checked on LinkedIn the employees of the company (during the weekend) I work for and verified that I had been working for his current employer. Probably he got afraid that he would meet me in the company premises and that I would not keep strict confidentiality (that I would share with my friends in my old company that he got interviewed). Of course, he doesn’t know that I was one of the persons to interview him and selected him for interview.
Is it a good idea to contact him separately on LinkedIn to tell him that he has nothing to be afraid of and confidentially matters are kept strictly, or just to forget about it?
My supervisor suggested the first but he had assumed that I know him better personally (I had just met him once in a friendly visit in my old employer to say hi to my old colleagues). I told him, I do not know him well to do that so.
UPDATE (4 business days later): he has not answered yet my Linkedin invitation to become connected although he viewed my profile...