I recently referred a former colleague for a job on my immediate team. (He was never my direct coworker, but someone who I had worked closely with in a "peer" capacity at my previous job).
The phone screening went well, and he is scheduled for an interview later this week.
Simultaneous to that, I've been learning how to be an interviewer at my company. Part of the process is shadowing a few interviews (where someone else is conducting the interview).
I found out recently that I'm scheduled to shadow this interview with my former colleague.
I was concerned about conflict of interest (after all, I get a referral bonus if he gets the job), so I emailed the recruiter (an cc-ed my manager) suggesting that I shadow other interviews, instead of this one.
I got no response to that email, and today I got a calendar invite confirming the schedule for the interview. So I have two concerns:
- Can I safely assume that the lack of response to my email means they don't consider this a "conflict-of-interest" situation?
- I'm fairly certain that my colleague will be a bit uncomfortable with my shadowing the interview. It's almost worse than if I'd do the interview myself. Should I decline the invite for this reason? I believe he really wants this job & I'd hate to make him more nervous than he already will be.