The friend is trustworthy and hardworking, and knowing her, the manager knows she will work even harder since she knows his reputation is at stake. Another candidate is a bit better qualified but the law and the company permit the manager to hire the candidate he believes is the best person for the job.
It took me a long time to contemplate any kind of decision with respect to this scenario. I value loyalty and supportive friendship but I also value making professional decisions in a rational manner without basing them on emotions or personal bias. I feel this scenario creates a conflict between duty to friendship and duty to one∆s organization, but I also think it involves a conflict of duty to self. In the end, the values it most made me see in myself are loyalty, friendship, trust and fairness. I decided the friend should be hired because of the fact that the other candidate was only slightly better qualified, and because the friend could be trusted to work hard and be willing to develop any skills that they needed to perform well. I also felt I was being fair to both candidates because their qualifications were comparable, fair to the company because I chose a qualified employee, and fair to myself because I believed I was making the best decision. As such, I would say my ethical principle for this scenario would be: Difficult personal decisions should not be