What Would You Do? A Question of Loyalty

Caught between a conflict to your job and a friend

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Here is a dilemma variations of which are fairly common. 

What would you advise Horace to do

Horace worked in the human resources department that was interviewing applicants for a top job in a widget company. After reading many applications, one stood out way ahead of the others. Then he realized that he knew applicant, Jerral. They had hung out together when they were teenagers. Jerral had been a wild kid and once was arrested for shoplifting and the possession of marijuana. Jerral had completed mandatory counseling and, as far as Horace knew, Jerral had straightened out his life and had done well during the last twenty years.

Jerral hadn't indicated in his application that he had once been arrested and Horace feared that the company would never hire someone with a police record, no matter how minor or how long ago.