This isn't asking for advice, just asking out of interest how you would feel/react in this scenario. (Mods, please feel free to move to the Coffee Break folder if you feel it should be there)
My company is recruiting. The role is a full time, permanent job. Ideally we want someone to start in a months time, but most people working in this kind of job will have a 3 month notice period so the reality is we are likely to have a 2 month gap before any new person can start.
We conducted interviews on Friday - there were two strong candidates and we have decided to offer the job to Candidate A, who is currently working and has the normal 3 month notice period, so will be available to start at the beginning of January.
Candidate B was l made redundant a few months ago so is not currently working, so would be available immediately. At interview, B put a positive spin on the period out of work (saying she chose to not look for work immediately, to deal with some family matters and take some time out - but also made clear she is very keen to get back into work.
We are considering asking her whether she would be interested in a 2 month fixed term contract to cover the void period between our current employee leaving and A starting work.
If you were B, how would you react to a proposal like that?
On the one hand, it would obviously be galling to know she *just* missed getting the job (we think she is a good candidate, and could do the job well, but A was just that bit better!)
On the other, B has been out of work for 6 months (even though a she has a plausible reason for not having gone back to work sooner) so having some more recent work on her CV might have benefits.
I think we are likely to ask her if she would be interested, on the basis that it couldn't hurt to ask, but am curious as to how you'd feel, if you were B?