My partner applied for a job through the recruiter.
During the recent team meeting, the manager stated that they were small team and they would easily become aware if anyone was doing interviews and they know who was recently doing job hunt.
My partner was not successful in the interview and the recruiter offered to have coffee catch up to discuss further opportunities and also mentioned that he often goes for a coffee with my partner's manager.
I am pretty certain that he told the manager about the interview. How to tackle this situation as it seems to be breach of confidentiality and privacy?
Also how my partner should initiate the conversation with the manager to gain their confidence?