Question to the President
Q: Is it fair for an employee who has decided to resign with one month's or one year's notice to interview job applicants for the open position?
A: The interviewing process for job applicants is determined by the hiring supervisor. Employees frequently are involved in the interviewing process for their replacements because they have the expertise necessary to best evaluate the relevant technical skills of candidates.
Q: Is it fair for the employee to ask his or her friends to apply for the position, then interview them? What if that friend is then hired?
A: Professional networking is a common practice in today's job market. Many Health Science Center employees participate in professional groups and announce job openings to expand the qualified applicant pool for positions. All qualified applicants, including those referred through professional associations, should be given an equal opportunity in the consideration process.
Q: Could this be a discrimination issue?
A: If all qualified candidates are treated equally, and the most qualified candidate is selected for the position, this would not be a discrimination issue.
In conclusion, we do allow terminating employees to participate in the process of identifying potential candidates for the positions they are leaving. However, the hiring decision is the responsibility of the supervisor to whom the employee in that position reports.