Asking for a friend: A few months ago my friend learned that his company would be making him redundant so naturally heapplied for a few jobs. It was around Christmas time so there weren't many around.
He got interviews with 2 companies, lets call them Company A and Company B.
He really liked Company A although the pay was a bit below market value he thought the work would be interesting. It was a permanent job. He didn't get the job as he choked at the interview and messed up the programming test.
Company B was a 1 year contract and the money they were offering could only be described as a joke. My friend didn't take those interviews all that seriously but for some reason he got a job offer. As he needed a job he accepted, the plan was he would work with them for around 6 months or so then look for something else.
Here's where it gets really wierd: Company B who was extremely secretive about who their client was up until 2 days before the start date announced that the client was in fact Company A. And the workplace would be the very office where my friend had been interviewed. My friend found this out AFTER he signed up and found himself having very mixed feelings about this.
The day he started at Company A as a contractor from Company B he ran into one of the people who had interviewed him. He was reasonably welcoming and said things to the effect of "doesn't matter how, you're here now, welcome".
The second guy who interviewed him has not acknowledged anything, avoids talking to him and pretty much as been wierd about it. My friend now feels like he is not welcome and is stressing out about being there. He spoke to his manager (different project to what he had interviewed for so different managers) who said "dont worry about the past, you're doing great, look to the future".
He has been considering finding another job but really genuinely enjoys the industry this project belongs to. There is a good chance he could become permanent or get better pay in the future.
He runs into this guy every single day and is reminded of this every single day so the awkwardness doesn't seem to be going away.
What should he do? Any advice? Should he approach the guy who is avoiding him or continue to ignore the elephant in the room? Could he expect any issues in the future as a result of how he got into this company?