I recently sent an email regarding a job opportunity that opened in the company I work, where I included relevant details on the desired candidate's profile along with my contact information for interested candidates. The next day I received an unusual email, with some content I found inappropriate and professional. To paraphrase that email:
Good evening, my name is _____ and I am wondering if there is a chance you could interview my brother _____. I graduated from (mentioned some prestigious university) because I managed to get a full scholarship, however my brother did not had that opportunity and graduated from (mentioned some not-so-prestigious university) instead, besides that, he also had to work wile studying to afford his studies...
...He does not have many experience in the field you are looking, but he has a lot of talent and positive attitude that I feel it´s being wasted. I hope you can understand this situation and give him a chance...
Regards and end of mail
Two things I found inappropriate about that mail are:
The person sending the email was the sister of the possible recruit, not the recruit himself. I feel such emails should be written personally by the candidate.
In a way I feel like the sister is trying to make me feel bad or pity for her brother, in a possible attempt to convince me of hiring him or give him a special consideration. This I believe is highly unethical and unprofessional.
I was quite astonished at first and did not knew how to respond, but after some consideration I wrote to her that, in any case, her brother should write me instead and I will surely be open to consider and interview him. I feel that I responded to the situation properly. My questions are:
Is there anything else I could have done to better handle this situation?
Should I still consider this possible recruit?
If so, how could I avoid bias given this unusual email?
Note: In the end it will be mostly up to me to make the hiring decision on the selected candidate, as this person will be working under my responsibility.