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Would you trust a friend who is trying to recruit you to a job if they get a financial bonus for your hire?

Asked by sarahc (20points) June 6th, 2008

Could you trust them to be honest about the challenges of the organization if they get a $50 bonus if you apply and a $500 bonus if you are hired?

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wildflower's avatar

I wouldn’t base my decision solely on their recommendation – no matter what – because you are different people and what they think is a great place to work, might not be your ideal. But apart from that, I wouldn’t be too worried if they’re a real friend, if they’re lying to you, it’ll come back and bite them on the ass when you discover the truth.

playthebanjo's avatar

I received a number of coworker referral bonuses when I worked at Kinko’s. I told everyone the good and bad up front, AND I didn’t get my bonus unless they lasted 90 days. Tell him to split the money with you.

jballou's avatar

If you trust your friend, you trust your friend. If you don’t you don’t.

If you even have to ask, it sounds like you think your friend would sell you out for the promise of $500. My company (and countless others) offer a similar type of incentive for recommendations, but would I tell someone I don’t think would do well here? Of course not- because not only is that just plain silly, but it also reflects poorly on me in my supervisor’s eyes.

Notreallyhere's avatar

Only if they give me half of that bonus

sarahc's avatar

ooh this is my first fluther question and i’m getting great responses already. thanks!

and just to clarify, he’s a pretty new friend, so i havn’t yet gauged his level of trustworthiness.

Notreallyhere's avatar

Don’t celebrate yet…wait until the mean ones come out their caves

osullivanbr's avatar


Only messin…

I get a bonus for recommending someone to work on my staff if they get the job and stay for over 6 months, and I must say I’ve always been totally honest with the person I was trying to recruit. The simple fact of it is, if this friend tells you that it’s the best job ever and it turns out that it’s not, he’s going to have to listen to you moaning about it forever (and maybe even a day more).

I know you said he’s a fairly new friend, but do you think he values your friendship? If your answer is yes then all should be fine and he’s telling you the truth.

srmorgan's avatar

The employer is offering the bonuses for one reason and one reason only: they have need for competent and reliable employees. They are relying on their current capable and competent employees to recommend similarly talented friends, competitors or former colleagues to fill this need. They are not doing it so that an employee can scam his friend or former co-worker and invite her to work side-by-side in some dungeon or sweatshop.

An old boss put it like this once: the owners of the company have invested their money in this enterprise. We should not be making any expenditure of their money unless there is an expectation of a reasonable return on investment on that expenditure. This extends from the purchase of million-dollar equipment down to the purchase of a jumbo-sized box of paper clips.

Your employer is not going to hire someone unqualified to do the job (let’s hope so) simply to give you a $500 kicker.
And if you start running a bunch of useless slags through personnel trying to get a string of $50 checks they are going to wise up to your game very quickly and put a stop to it.’

If you have an acquaintance that you barely know who might qualify for the job at the next desk, get her in for the interview. The bonus check is compensation for your recommendation of someone capable and competent.


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