I've been trying to hire for a technical position for over a year and a few weeks ago had a first interview with someone who I thought was fantastic. (Just a first interview, lots more stuff to go through.)
Shortly afterwards I googled him and found a very big "wall" of material (blog, photo gallery), all with his name prominent in the url/names. Nothing odd or off in the content - just a lot of it. I worked down the google returns and found that on the second or third page, there was a listing in the state sex offender registry - with his picture.
I was stunned and horrified and even weeks later I still am.
I called him to be sure there was no mistake or hacker games going on. He admitted it was true, it had been 18 years previous, a mistake, known to his current employer, etc.
I'm not in HR just the manager to-be for this hire. I am surprised that they didn't ask about felony convictions. I am sure that none of the other staff would want to work with someone with this record. I also hope that people change and that three years of probation and 15 years of clean record should count for something.
*Don't assume that HR is doing anything useful
*Remember the MT/CT advice that you should be biased against hiring - as a bad hire is so much worse that a good hire is good.
Does this person deserve any further consideration? Is there a process whereby that might be determined? What consideration do other employees deserve in a process?