Has anybody ever recommended a friend for a job? Right after we graduated nursing school, my friend applied for a job on my unit (I already had an RN job because I had been a tech there). She did very well and my boss loved her, but she didn't take the job because it was only part time. So my friend went to a different unit, one that she knew that she wouldn't like. Now a position has opened up on my unit, and my boss came to me and told me to tell my friend about it - if she's ready to leave her unit (and I know she is), the job is hers, basically. I don't think they will reinterview or anything like that, but who knows. My friend is just debating now...does she leave a job she doesn't really like but where she is comfortable for a job on a unit she knows nothing about but has a better shift?
Now, I have no worries about my friend, I know she is great and will be awesome if she decises to work on my unit, but it got me thinking...what if she did something that was "less than desireable"? Would that look bad on me? Let's say she started calling off all the time - do you think my boss would think less of me because I recommended her? Again, no worries here, I hope she does come and work with me! But just wondering...
Feb 9, '07
Hiring decisions are ultimately the responsibility of the unit manager and HR.
Your recommending someone did nothing more than open up the opportunity for that person to receive an interview, after which the manager will decide whether or not to make an offer.
It is unreasonable for a manager to "blame" a staff person for recommending a candidate who doesn't "work out", and no reasonable manager would do so. So, unless you manager is not a reasonable person, I would not worry about recommending a capable friend. If you are still hesitant to do so, perhaps you could encourage your manager to contact your friend directly. That way your friend would have the opportunity to ask questions that might help her decide whether your unit would be a good "fit" for her.
Last edit by Jolie on Feb 9, '07