I discover a friend I know well, works with an applicant for a job I have open.
Should I contact my friend to ask about this applicant (reference check), risking that my friend learns the applicant is looking elsewhere for work?
I have only discovered this through LinkedIn and I don't know what the relationship is - only that they are at the same company (which I knew) and have connected directly via Linked In.
The applicant might even work for my friend.
Or they might be departments away from each other.
Either way, I trust this friend NOT to do the wrong thing should he find one of his guys is looking but is it ethical to do it this way or should I discuss with the applicant before having the conversation with my friend?
Your thoughts most welcome ...