Interstellar Adventures

April 4, 2007

Major Dilemma

Filed under: It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 6:19 am

Help! I need advice stat. I hate quandries, and unexpectedly I’ve found myself in one.

Hypothetically, if you received an email from someone you used to work with, and they are inquiring about a position where you currently work, but a) you didn’t particularly like this person personally, b) professionally their work was fine, but c) there were issues with professional/interpersonal demeanor, which you both observed and heard from more than one person, including the director of your previous organization, what the hell do you do? Do you politely decline to them to put their resume forward? Do you put their resume forward but give a lukewarm recommendation? Do you tell them you put their resume forward but not? Help! Advice needed…


  1. Wow. Well, I once got someone hired and it was a mistake, because she pulled stuff over on the company – but was in their good graces so they didn’t notice.

    Do what is in your company’s best interest, in this case. That’s the best move you can make for your own reputation.

    Comment by Leanne — April 4, 2007 @ 9:39 am |Reply

  2. I don’t think anyone’s obligated to personally intervene on another’s behalf when you may have some kind of “in” to a company where you work. You should be able to politely say that it’s not appropriate or just not feasible for you to use whatever influence you have and “jump them ahead” of the regular process.

    If they were a friend it might be a different manner, but if I knew a former co-worker that worked at a company I want to work at, and asked them that favor I wouldn’t be insulted in the least if the former co-worker said they couldn’t do it.

    Comment by lasthome — April 4, 2007 @ 9:44 am |Reply

  3. Could you politely give this person the name of a contact person in H.R. with the address and remove yourself from the equation? I really don’t like giving recommendations unless I’m wholeheartedly behind the person.

    Comment by carnealian — April 4, 2007 @ 11:41 am |Reply

  4. I would tell her you will forward her resume, and do only that. I would also let the HR person know exactly what you think of her, so that they are aware. Then all things will be right in the universe, no?

    Comment by TSM-truth, sincerity, madness — April 4, 2007 @ 12:06 pm |Reply

  5. I agree that the best thing is to put the resume forward, but tell what you know about the person.

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — April 4, 2007 @ 12:17 pm |Reply

  6. I’d probably pass it along but not recommend them.

    Comment by Gypsy — April 4, 2007 @ 12:33 pm |Reply

  7. You could always say you didn’t think the job was suited for them. Some how make it sound like they’re too good for it? I don’t know either!!!

    Comment by Jolynn — April 4, 2007 @ 12:59 pm |Reply

  8. Once I received that kind of request from a person I just didn’t know that much about and I just said I would pass their resume on. Since our company doesn’t allow even employees to know who the hiring manager is, all I could do was submit it to HR and so it was fairly impersonal and didn’t get far. You could try just passing it on to the general HR email box, with a note like “Attached is the resume of a former coworker that could fit the position X”. Maybe that will be vague enough…

    Comment by J.Bradford — April 4, 2007 @ 2:40 pm |Reply

  9. Put the resume’ forward with a c-c-c-c-c-cold recommendation.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — April 4, 2007 @ 4:32 pm |Reply

  10. I agree with TSM. Send the resume and give your honest recommendation to HR. As a trusted employee it’s unlikely your company will go against your recommendation.

    Comment by Optimist Under Siege — April 4, 2007 @ 5:59 pm |Reply

  11. Can you pretend you never received the email? 🙂

    Comment by Bone — April 4, 2007 @ 6:40 pm |Reply

  12. My first reaction was like Bone’s- busy bee at work, good excuse for not replying to emails maybe. Or give them details of who to contact in HR and this removes you from having to help anymore and you’ve done your bit. mm good luck

    Comment by wisbo — April 5, 2007 @ 2:30 am |Reply

  13. It looks like you have a lot of advice …. but if you need more I’d be glad to post this on the QOTD.

    Comment by Indigo — April 5, 2007 @ 8:39 am |Reply

  14. I’m with Bone. Don’t you have enough to do in a new job, without finding one for someone else? I stay clear from stuff like this, if possible.

    Comment by nancy — April 5, 2007 @ 8:53 am |Reply

  15. I would just politely tell them that you’ve no idea whether they are hiring or not and give them the contact info for the HR department. Let them take the initiative if they want. If HR then comes to you and asks you about them, tell them what you know. It’s not your job to forward people’s resumes and when you do, you are inferring a recommendation of a sort I think.

    Good luck.

    Comment by writerchick — April 6, 2007 @ 7:05 pm |Reply

  16. You are under absolutely NO obligation to forward their resume and personally, unless you honestly would recommend this person I would not forward them b/c your name will be attached to them and this could make you look bad. I think the suggestion to forward the HR number to the person is a good idea and get out of the equation. Do not recommend someone you do not feel comfortable recommending. That will only be bad for you, your company, and the other person as well.

    Comment by buttercup — April 6, 2007 @ 7:29 pm |Reply

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