Imagine, a fable:
Underwater Basketweaving hired a new non-teaching person recently to do reed and materials work and preparation.
There were a surprising number of candidates, and some from our campus with similar jobs; someone in the regular basketweaving department, someone in underwater studies, another from agriculture and turf studies. They'd surely be able to do the job. Other campus candidates were less qualified.
UB hired someone from off campus, from another underwater basketweaving field, with good experience, a great attitude, and super references.
So, the search chair sent out an email to the candidates who didn't get the job, the usual regrets, many fine candidates, and so forth. All of it true.
And then one of the on campus people, one of the less-qualified on campus people, someone who'd worked in raising frogs for the biology department, emailed to ask who'd gotten the job.
What do you do with that? It seems wrong to ask, doesn't it? And yet, once the person starts, it's not like it's going to be a secret who they are.