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Hiring trends have had a paradigm shift in the past decade, referrals from existing employees gaining more importance day by day.
While you might be tempted to refer your friend or acquaintance to your current employer for that hefty referral amount, here’s a list of things you should consider:
Know your referral in person
Many people tend to refer strangers or mere acquaintances, especially in a country like India, where social bonds are stronger and everyone has a huge network of friends and families. While you might be tempted to refer as many people as you can for the referral bonus, always keep in mind that referring someone is a huge responsibility. Please remember that the referee does hold some responsibility for the actions of the candidate you referred. This could impose some serious issues to your own professional credibility in unfortunate cases of serious policy breaches.
Be sure about the profile fitment
Your friend might be aspiring a lead role while all that your company needs is a good developer. Be sure that the profile matches with the job requirement. While you might be sugar-coating the job profile, this kind of mismatch often leads to unnecessary discontent. If your referral leaves the company soon after joining, your reputation will be hampered.
Ensure proper credentials
The major reason behind companies paying a handsome amount on referral bonus is that they do not want nasty little surprises from their new joiners. Be it a false certification or some attitude problems, follow a thumb rule: if you have doubts, do not refer. While you cannot really ensure that all degrees and certificates are genuine, you can always refer back to their past performances and reputations.
Recuse self from the hiring process
Some employees tend to think that influencing the interview panel will improve the chances of a referral getting hired. More often than not, it works the other way round. The interview panel would like to make their independent decisions; respect their choice. Once you have referred a friend, stay away from that hiring process altogether.
Refer interested people only
Some people ask for referrals but are not serious about job switches. Make sure that your friend really wants a job switch and is interested in joining your organization. Nothing pisses off hiring managers more than a candidate not turning up for an interview or rejecting a job offer for superficial reasons. Have a careful conversation and try to figure out if they are really interested before you refer someone.
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