must I hire a qualified candidate with a ton of baggage?

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A reader writes:

My department recently created a new position. A colleague from another department got wind of this and asked when I planned to advertise the vacancy. I’m in no actual hurry to fill the position, so I said “hopefully by the end of the year.” He let me know that his wife is very qualified for the position and that I should consider her. Note, I haven’t even written the job description yet, so it’s impossible for him to know whether or not his wife is qualified for

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