Maximizing the effect of referral

Tesla / Eng swe_guy
Jul 9 8 Comments

Hey Blind, I’m looking to apply for APM positions in the next few months and since referrals are a good way to increase the chances for an interview I was wondering a few things:
1. Does it make a difference if you have multiple people from a company refer you to the same role?
2. Does the position of the person that referred you matter? So does a referral from an intern hold the same weight as a referral from a senior PM for example?
3. Does it matter if the person referring you is not under the same org? So a SWE referring me for a APM position for example

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  • Airbnb kYFK02
    The only thing that matters is if the referrer has worked with you professionally. Otherwise, the referral is barely better than someone off the street
    Jul 9 4
    • Tesla / Eng swe_guy
      OP
      Does the referrer have a place to talk about that in the referral application?
      Jul 9
    • Some companies yes some no.

      At google there is a list we can pick from saying how we know the person, with options like directly worked, indirectly worked, my friend, rando.

      Some options add free form text boxes.
      Jul 9
    • Tesla / Eng swe_guy
      OP
      Ahh interesting, would you know if the different options hold a different weight? Like someone you know as a friend might be less important than someone you’ve worked with
      Jul 9
    • Yes of course.

      If you’ve actually worked directly on a team with someone you know their capabilities and work style better than just what your buddy tells you at dinner occasionally.
      Jul 9
  • New / Product
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    I would focus on prepping for the interview and not the referral. Apm programs at Facebook and google are probably more selective than the normal pm role if you go by the numbers. I’ve passed both companies interviews.
    Jul 10 1
    • Air Liquide / Data DireCrates
      What resources did you use to prep?
      Aug 23
  • Nutanix / Eng ahahahah
    Only matters if they worked with you
    Jul 9 0