I worked at company X for five years, managing field technicians for part of that time. I had to terminate one of those technicians (B) for reasons.
After firing this technician, A came to work for X. A and I worked well together, and we've kept in touch a bit since I left. We are in similar lines of work so this is a connection that may prove valuable to one or both of us in the future.
Recently, A informed me that B had applied for a job there. A recognized the name from some old service records from my time, and asked me what I thought about re-hiring B. Apparently no one else at the company remembers B very well anymore.
I want to give good advice to my friend A, but also make sure that B gets a fair shake - after all, they've had some time to change their ways. Given these goals, what should I consider in responding to A?
If I were still there, I would likely call B in for an interview, and ask to speak to several recent references. But I would know what I was looking for. I'm afraid that if I tell A to do this, they will simply toss B's resume as being too much trouble, which isn't fair. But, I also don't want to give poor advice to A, for fear of damaging a valuable relationship.