I'm in an interesting situation as a project manager. We've recently hired a promising new employee and told her that we were still looking for applicants for the same job. A few days later someone inquired about the job who, after a quick Facebook search, turned out to be our new employee's boyfriend.
This situation may very well prove to be a wasp's nest of ugly issues:
- We interview him and have to reject him
- We hire him and they have an argument/disagreement in their relationship but still have to work together at their jobs
- We hire him and they break up but still meet every day because of their jobs
- One of them gets promoted who becomes the other's superior
The company is pretty small so we can't hire him to work in another department.
What's the "standard" course of action in such a situation? I'm inclined toward having an honest conversation with her about the pitfalls of working with someone's significant other and if she says they considered the problems that might arise, I would go on with the hiring process as if nothing happened; I would make an interview appointment and try to be as objective as I can while evaluating him.