How do referrals from total strangers help??

Nov 3, 2019 16 Comments

I keep seeing these requests for referrals on here. I thought that was strange. A referral is supposed to be from a person that knows you well enough that they can vouch for your skills or character or something like that. How does a referral from random strangers help?

But even stranger than that is I see people volunteering to refer that person. I guess most companies pay for referrals. Is that the motivation?

Have people corrupted what is supposed to be an honor system into a sleazy money-making business?


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  • Oracle Sockets
    I think most referrals here are basically entering someone's name in a referral system and leaving it at that.

    It is not running your resume to the specific recruiter. Nor is it walking your resume and handing it to the hiring manager with a good word or two.
    Nov 3, 2019 4
    • Intel GWGA84
      Fair enough. I think companies should do away with the referral system and just evaluate each resume on its own merits.
      Nov 3, 2019
    • Oracle Sockets
      I agree. It is a dated practice from an era when information wasn't easily obtained about a potential candidate. An era where a person's word and handshake meant a lot.
      Nov 3, 2019
  • Cornerstone Vtyi00
    You haven’t been involved with much recruiting efforts, have you? You are vouching for a phone screen not for quality or for the company to abandon its due diligence

    Also referral bonuses generally don’t pay out for 60-90 days after hire.
    Nov 3, 2019 2
    • Intel GWGA84
      Lol... this is hilarious... referral for a phone screen secured via an online text-based app, where you haven't spoken to the person and don't even know if they can talk.

      If companies are going to do their due diligence anyways, why not just do that with the regular list of applications.

      Well who am I to stop them if they want to splurge on referral payouts.
      Nov 3, 2019
    • Rubrik RLtv73
      Do we all agree that all resumes that are incoming are pretty much never looked at? Even if they are looked at, would you as a technical person know better or worse than the recruiter who will use filtering tools?
      Nov 3, 2019
  • You can make 5-10K referral depending on their level. I’d refer a random if their resume looks good and they allowed me to phone screen them beforehand.
    Nov 3, 2019 5
    • I would definitely talk to them on the phone beforehand. I’ve sat in an interview where the candidate was a random guy someone met on LinkedIn. The interview went horrible.
      Nov 3, 2019
    • Bose lBsp71
      I would check the resume and also their LinkedIn account, make an assessment myself about the candidate. Would have a brief phone call and then while submitting, would let the forum or the hiring personal know as a resume I came across and have not known the individual personally.

      Basically, just being a messenger and if it works out well for candidate and company, you as well get the referral bonus.
      Nov 3, 2019
  • Not all resumes get looked at when applying normally. So if you think the candidate's resume meets the bar for the next stage, it doesn't corrupt the system. Basically, just an extra resume-screener.
    Nov 3, 2019 0
  • Expedia Group lineage
    So speaking for our company only, its somewhere in between. The referral is online, but the system asks how you know the person (personal contact, academic, professional or linked in) , theoretically you should have an opinion about there qualification, but that could be just looking at their resume and making sure they are in the ballpark of qualified. The resume does go to the recruiter but it guarantees nothing in term of contact especially for a role with many applicants, though I have been told the recruiter is supposed to phone screen the person. In any case it's a waste of time to refer someone clearly not qualified. And the bonus is only paid if the person stays employed for X period of time. If I know someone personally, I will do both a official referral and reach out to the hiring manager directly...
    Nov 3, 2019 0


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