I was recently hired in a rather famous company as a senior developer and have been working there for a bit more than 3 weeks now. Even if 3 weeks isn't a lot, I can already say this company is by far the best place I've ever worked at and not a single day has passed that wasn't better than the one before.
One of my closest friends is currently looking for another job. His profile is more QA related (so hardly similar with what I've been hired to do) and I've seen positions in my new-current company that would match perfectly his profile and goals. He is really interested.
The question is: should I recommend my friend to improve the chances he gets hired ? My main concern is that I don't want to jeopardize my career here would my friend completely mess up the interview. I was told already I was doing really good so far but I'm still on probation obviously - if that's relevant (and I believe it is).
I know for sure the guy is impassioned when it comes to work and takes it very seriously. While this is usually a good thing, I obviously can't know for sure he will do okay enough for the company (or for the interview). I didn't work with him and can't honestly speak of him as a coworker: I can only do so as a friend.
There is a bonus when you endorse someone and he gets hired. I don't know if that's relevant too and I honestly don't care about the bonus. I'm into it for my friend rather than for some money.
Is there a way for me to actually help/endorse him and to prevent any backfire in case it doesn't go well for him ?