We're looking for an entry-level person, and today we interviewed a fantastic candidate, the first of two that we had selected to meet with in-person from about 50 resumes and three phone interviews. He's articulate, poised, brings a range of skills to the table, has a great sense of humor, and his technical abilities and experience are exactly what we were hoping for. The three of us in the interview walked out enthusiastically agreeing that he'd be a great fit, and we should make an offer right away.
Here's the problem: Our HR manager says we need to go through with the interview we've scheduled for 3 days from now, regardless of how we feel about this person. My impulse, on the other hand, is to make an offer to today's candidate and cancel the upcoming interview if he accepts before then.
So, what do you think? Am I being too impatient? Is it rude or unethical to shortchange the person with whom we've scheduled the interview next week? I certainly understand that we might end up seeing something that we like in this other person, but they'd have to be pretty stellar to make us change our minds at this point.
Today's candidate isn't currently interviewing elsewhere, so I don't think we're in danger of losing him to another company if we wait a few days. I guess I'm just having a hard time believing that we should have to wait on making this decision. If this were a more competitive market for employers, we certainly wouldn't hold off contacting this guy... would we?