How "Comeback Candidates" relate to recruitment, recruiters and hiring managers is an interesting conundrum.
How would the Tiger Woods' type candidate manage in a competitive job market that values youth over older; recent accomplishment over an interrupted career with public disgrace; several operations and time off due to rehab; and finally, bad press?
My guess is most would not even give such a candidate the time of day. Any exceptions? Maybe there should be because the talent Tiger Woods displayed on Sunday was remarkable, but not really for Tiger Woods. It is my position that the Tiger Woods type exist out there and are being passed over for supposed shortcomings. I say take a risk--you may be happily surprised with the outcome.
I've put ex-offenders into HP, Xerox and IBM and they were valued hires. If you can look past the shortcomings, bad luck and bad decisions you will discover a candidate worth keeping. Like Tiger Woods they strive to overcome because being a high achiever is part of their DNA.