I started working three weeks ago as a web developer at a local company with around 100 employees. While drinking beer with my friend, he mentioned that his brother was looking for a job. I have never met the brother, who's a student. I mentioned that the brother should apply at my company, and that I'd put in a good word if I got the chance.
But I wonder if I opened my mouth too much here: while I'd love to help him get the job, I think my friend is expecting too much since I have never met his brother or know anything about him. He's asking if I could talk to the HR department directly and recommend the brother. I told him that his brother should apply for the position himself and send a résumé over to me so I can talk about him if he makes the interview.
Overall, did I make a mistake here? I don't know how to tell him to drop unrealistic expectations; I fear he thinks I am going to "hook him up" to a job. I am afraid if his brother turns out to be a slacker or horrible, it will reflect poorly on me.
UPDATE: I got an email with his résumé and I've said if there's an opening I'll forward his resume to my boss and made it clear there's no guarantee. What I'm now concerned about is: what if he applies and claims that I am recommending him to the company? Would HR take it as if I am vouching for him even though I've never even let HR know yet? Is this an excessive worry?
I can say that I will never do something stupid like this again. It's time consuming for all parties and I am going to keep my mouth shut about work while drinking.