Does anyone know if anybody anywhere does anything with job applicants who get close to getting the offer (even if the candidates don't know that)?
The closest idea I have is that employers might contact these people when another similar opening is available. Otherwise, I have no idea. It just seems a waste to leave aside people who are clamoring to work for you, and could have got the offer. But again, I have no idea, and am perhaps not thinking this out properly.
If there was a candidate who just met the job qualifications and one who exceeded the qualifications, assuming they did equally well on the interview, would a company hire a candidate that just meets qualifications in order to justify paying that person a lower salary?