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Pros & Cons of Hiring Friends


Most companies like to hire by referral whenever possible. Workers love it because it allows them to network their way into new jobs; organizations love it, because good workers tend to recommend other good workers. So what could possibly be the downside to all of this?

Erin Scottberg of LearnVest did a recent post on the Janedough about the pros and cons of hiring an employee’s friends. The upsides for job seekers are pretty obvious: a way out of the black hole of unanswered email addresses, knowing someone at the company before your start date, and having a good idea of what you’re getting into ahead of time.

Companies, too, stand to benefit: it’s expensive to recruit talent, and hires that come in through employees tend to be better fits for the company, saving the cost of refilling the position.

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On the downside, there’s the possibility of hiring a bunch of people with the exact same skill set, effectively cutting the company out of a potential pool of new talents. It’s also not great for diversity. Employees tend to refer candidates of the same race, ethnicity, and sex, which could create a fairly homogeneous company profile.

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