As a career advisor and HR chick, I talk up employee referrals. I’m not sure I should. Sometimes employee referrals give you more of the same. Sometimes employee referrals are lazy. And sometimes an employee referral will impair your innovation agenda.
And sometimes — as a job seeker — you don’t want to work with your friends and family. A little distance makes the heart grow fonder.
What do you think? Do employee referrals work? Have you been hired this way? Have you had an employee referral program work against you?
One thing is for sure — I have some friends that I would wish upon my worst HR enemy. No referrals there!