I recently joined a multinational company which is setting up a branch in my country in Asia. So I am one of the pioneer batch of people. We are going to expand and hire people. I am helping my boss to interview candidates by doing the pre-interview tests and general assessment.
I had an interesting situation recently that one of my ex-colleague of 1 year came for interview. Now I have to give a feedback about them to my boss. I feel they are technically smart and fit for the job. But their attitude is what leads to negative feedback. They are overconfident, bossy and not a team player. It was purely based on my experience.
(e.g. I went along with them to a company roadshow. I was newer then and didn't know the tricks of the trade (now slightly better). They used to belittle or ignore me and not teach me anything. In the office, I never really asked them anything because they always give a grave face.)
But I am in a little dilemma because:
my feedback about them is not all positive.
if I give negative feedback, it might go against me because my boss and others may think I am prejudiced.
If they do hire them, it is fine with me, as they would be working in a different department.
So I am thinking not to give very bad feedback but just subtly touch upon the subject of "Bad Attitude" during the discussion and let the management decide.
Is there a better way this can be handled??
NOTE: I have got a good appraisal from boss and he once told me they are happy to have me.