Dear MT Community,
I am seeking opinions on the ethicality of using the favorite candidate interview prep guidance for a shared IT position.
First, let me explain what I mean by shared position: my institution is using shared staffing to reduce costs. In this particular case, my unit will receive 50% of this individual's time and another unit will share 50% of the individual's time. The other manager and I will share administrative supervision of this position. The work in the two units is roughly equivalent - research IT support. However, in my unit, this person will be the sole source of support and in the other unit the person will be one member of a team.
After the first round of interviews, we (both managers) have narrowed the search down to two candidates. Based on the interviews to date and the documented performance evaluations, I prefer candidate A while the other manager prefers candidate B.
Is it still ethical to apply the favorite candidate interview prep guidance in this situation? I am inclined to think it is not: there are multiple managers involved in the process; this is not simply a matter of me grooming my top choice for a meeting with my manager; and the repercussions of a poor hiring decision would have an impact across multiple units, not just my own.
Thoughts? Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.