I'm hiring for a professional position that was vacated 4 months ago. The person who held the position resigned for another with a slightly higher salary that was a shorter commute. He's applied for his old position.
It's been my practice to not "go backward" by rehiring someone who's left. He was however, extremely competent and an excellent performer, assuming responsibilities as assigned, meeting deadlines, and getting along well with others.
I decided to interview him and was seriously considering rehiring him. Today I learned that his exit interview was negative about several areas, including me as the director, his coworkers, compensation, benefits, and overall organization policies. This completely surprised me.
Should I still consider him a valid candidate? Do I discuss this with him? I'm anxious to fill the vacancy, but not desperate.