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I am a hiring manager at a top tech firm and I want to hire my friend for a specific role. Would it be unethical to not disclose my relationship with the applicant to the hiring committee?

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Yes.

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An unambiguous yes. If friend is indeed best person for the role, they’ll get it.

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If you have to ask, then the answer is generally YES.

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Ethically you should declare the relationship and recuse yourself, but we all know that nearly nobody with any power acts that way in corporate America.

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Hire me and then i will hire your friend. Problem solved

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When it comes out in the future that you both knew each other for years prior, can't it become a big deal if someone connects the dots then?

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I mean it’s kind of like a referral right and that’s something everyone does

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I know this person very well and he truly is the best fit for the role. But hiring is a crap shot at my firm and don’t want to provide any information that might jeopardize their chances.

I would advise the hiring committee of your relationship. That’s the right thing to do. Are you worried that it would adversely affect his chances of getting hired or give him an unfair advantage? It may be bad form, but there aren’t laws against nepotism in the private sector.

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I despise those who indulge in nepotism and favoritism of any kind. Despite my feelings however, I know it would continue.

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