Referring Someone to an Employer


Your friend keeps asking you to refer her to your employer for a job interview. She probably told you how badly she needs a job and out of the kindness of your heart you told her you’d do her this favor. However, you are having second thoughts about it because you’re afraid of the outcome. If so, you are being quite wise for hesitating before making any decisions. Before taking any action, it is crucial that you think about the consequences of referring a friend or family member.

Firstly, consider how well you know this person. Is she hard working, intelligent, and reliable? Your credibility is on the line when you recommend someone into your professional sphere. Get a copy of her resume and thoroughly look at her job history. If you truly want to be knowledgeable about her value as a worker, call one of her former employers and ask them about her experiences with her. This is the most effective way of knowing whether your friend is worth you putting your reputation on the line. Also, evaluate whether or not her personality would fit into your work environment. If your friend messes up or has other negative influences on the company, your employer might blame you because you introduced her. Also, vouching for your friend is an uncomfortable position to be in. An alternative to talking to your employer for your friend is to give her your employer’s contact information and asking her not to mention your name. This way, you won’t be responsible for anything that happens within the scope of your friend’s employment.

Furthermore, consider whether or not you’d be comfortable working while your friend is there. There is a possibility that she will have to work under you and report to you. If your friendship can potentially be ruined by this, then it’s better to not let her get involved with your professional network. Also, suppose your friend does get hired with your help and after a couple of years she advances. If she continues to advance and possibly get to a higher position than you, imagine how much competition and rivalry could emerge between the two of you. Your friendship will be at risk. Competition can also arise if your friend becomes more popular than you at work. She might have stronger social skills which can possibly make you resent her.

On the other hand, if after thoroughly inquiring about your friend’s past jobs you see that she will be a positive addition to your place of work, perhaps your boss will praise you even more for referring someone reliable and friendly. You never know, it might help you in the end. Just be careful to not feel obligated to do this favor for your friend. Having your job be on the line is more important than your friend’s employment status. It’s very important that you consider all of these possibilities before referring a friend or relative to your employer.

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