One of my close friends has asked me to recommend someone for a position (posted online) in my company.
While I do not know that person, his CV states that he has many of the right qualifications, and my company also has a referral policy. Also, I have enough trust in my friend (as well as confidence in his technical knowledge) to believe that the person is qualified. I'm thinking of inviting this individual for a coffee and talking to them before I submit the referral, just so I'm more comfortable about it.
So my question is: is this a normal thing to ask? Am I worrying too much? I feel like in the worst case scenario, he will not pass the interview and that would be the end of it. But I wanted to ask for the insights of the community.