You are working in your office. There is a candidate who is waiting outside to be interviewed. Its been half and hour and nobody has gotten up to go and conduct the interview. You are feeling uneasy because you kind of feel bad because the poor candidate has been waiting for so long even though its not your fault. So you finally ask your colleague to go and interview the candidate. What would would describe what you are feeling at that moment that prompted you to ask your colleague to go and conduct the interview?

It's not guilt, its not pity.

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    Idiomatically, 'I feel [really] bad about/that ...' would often be used. Feb 8, 2017 at 12:01
  • 'A sense of common decency'?
    – Spagirl
    Feb 8, 2017 at 12:32
  • Who says it's not pity, please? Uneasy; kind of bad; uncomfortable; empathy; sympathy; responsible (very clearly: you asked your colleague…); distracted; concerned; bored Feb 20, 2017 at 19:26

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Do you mean "empathy" or "human solidarity"?

  • I don't think 'human solidarity" would fit in a sentence here. I asked my friend to conduct the interview out of human solidarity? Empathy sounds alright i guess.+1 Feb 8, 2017 at 11:46
  • I think you're right: "human solidarity" would rather belong in a newspaper article.
    – user218421
    Feb 8, 2017 at 12:03

You're feeling Indignant

Indignant via Dictionary.com

Adjective: feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting

Another appropriate word with a lighter connotation may be Sympathetic

Sympathy via Dictionary.com

The fact or power of sharing the feelings of another, especially in sorrow or trouble; fellow feeling, compassion, or commiseration.

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