BLUF: My boss makes me hire a technically highly qualified candidate despite my bad feeling about him. Is following my gutt feeling just me being unreasonable? Is that unprofessional?
We are small company and struggle to find qualified employees. We are understaffed in the R&D department. Both my boss and I agree that the canditate is highly qualified and has limited social skills. The candidate describes himself as slightly authistic (not diagnosed). Both my boss and I have a bad feeling about this candidate. To be honest this candidate give me the creeps. I often stay late and then lock up, but would not wish to be left alone in the company with this person once we hire him. Still my boss wants to hire him, because my R&D director wants to hire him for his technical skills. The candidate demonstrated his technical skills by achieving a straight A in the R&D directors test sheet with programming tasks.
I was hired to take over all managerial tasks from the R&D director and so I am in charge of all developers. The R&D director has been there for 15 years. I have been there for 10 months. So I have limited personal capital there. I am also not experience in hiring.
I am high D/I. Boss is a high D. R&D Director is a high C.
What should I do in this situation? Should I ignore my gutt feeling? My boss seems to be happy to ignore his.