When Bad Referrals Happen to Good People

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By Vicki Salemi

Ah, the good old employee referral. It should be a win-win situation, yes? After all, as a job seeker you're looking to get a foot in the door. Companies are looking to hire the best possible talent, which is typically connected to their best employees. Studies have found referrals are a top source for hiring volume and hiring quality.

What better way to become a positive statistic when submitting job materials to a company than to receive a nudge from someone who already has clout and currently works there? If there's an employee referral system in place, who wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of this robust recruiting mechanism, particularly since some companies have compensation incentives?