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I slowly transitioned from someone who only connected with friends or people I had worked with directly...to people who worked in the same company as me that I really didn't know...to basically anyone who wants to connect...

Yes, that's broadened my network but there's no substance to it. Would I actually give a recommendation to someone who connected with me out of the blue? No.

So I would probably just accept, but that's not necessary what I would recommend 🙃

 

Accept anyways, it wouldn't hurt anyone and if they badger you too much for some reason then they might have their connection revoked like on any other social media platform.

The connection might help them, which would always be good!

 

It's great to build your network. If there was an issue with the candidate's talent level, remember that by connecting you can help others find opportunity, allowing them to grow and increase that level. As that talent is honed you may be able to work with the candidate in the future and they will remember the opportunity you provided by connecting. And that candidate, while maybe not well suited to your company, may be connected to others who are.

Obviously, if you start getting a "hey, just checking to see if you're adding more talent, etc" message every week or two then it might not be a great fit. Otherwise, connecting with past candidates to build a network of potential future talent is something I'd seriously consider.

 
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