3 things to consider before referring a friend to a job

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You’re probably here because you’ve seen our open positions for referrers (Recruitopians as we’d like to call it). And you might be wondering if you could refer your friend and earn that BREAD!

Let me start off by answering your doubts. First, just sign up ALREADY, and stop doubting yourself. Secondly, yes you can refer your friend to a job on our platform (and here’s the BIG but)… But, there are a few conditions you should consider before referring your friend to a job. We’re not gonna lie, a lot of it is common sense.

When you refer a friend to a job you have to exercise your common sense

It’s not as simple as you think…

Before we scare you off, they aren’t difficult or rigid conditions to be considered. Even though, the idea of referring your friend or connection memang isn’t as simple as you think it is. The considerations aren’t far off from the very basic do’s and don’t(s) of recommending someone anything at all.

Let me give you a very Malaysian example… So you’re a durian fanatic and you found a vendor that sells amazing durians. You’re not gonna recommend that vendor to a friend who absolutely DESPISES durians, right? Well, it’s the same here. You wouldn’t want to recommend the friend job roles that you know they are unfit for.

1. Make sure they’re actually looking for a job

This goes without saying, you have to make sure your friend is either interested in a new job or is actively seeking one. It would be disadvantageous to you, as a referrer, to refer anyone who isn’t even interested in a new role (EVEN if it pays well). What would be worse is if they aren’t serious about getting into a new role and ghost the hiring manager! Candidate ghosting is taken seriously and it would reflect badly on you if you referred a candidate that is just that unethical.

Ideally, you should ask your friend if they’re looking for a new job or not. If yes, you can show them the job openings that you think they’re suitable for. Send over their resume and refer them once they’re interested!

2. Check if their experience fits the job requirement

Now, on to the serious stuff. This is extremely important. If you have a friend who’s a fresh graduate, (for the love of God) DO NOT refer them to roles that require experienced candidates. It’s a waste of time for both you AND the hiring managers who’ll have to do the job screenings. While it’s good to assume that your friend might be suited for the job, certain roles require specialised expertise that comes with experience.

Micheal Scott, character from The Office, begging screaming "NO" when we want to refer a friend to a job

If you’re unsure about the requirements that the job role needs, you could always ask the hiring representative for more information. This may not seem like a big deal to you but as a referrer, it does give off a bad impression that your referrals are rather unreliable. In turn, you may lose out on future opportunities to refer and earn.

3. Consider if they’re a good fit for the company’s culture and goals.

Before they’re referred to a position in a company, it’s best for you to do some background research on the company culture and business goals.

Cat typing furiously to show that he is working hard like a candidate when you refer a friend for a job

Finding a candidate that doesn’t have the same goals as the company can be rather disastrous. Let me paint a picture for you. Imagine that you’re a private tutor to a teenager, and you have to teach him Maths because his parents want him to get into Harvard University. However, this teen is just COMPLETELY uninterested in getting a degree let alone getting into Harvard.

Well, it’s the same if you’re referring a friend to a job opening. The last thing you’d want to do is recommend a friend who isn’t keen on working in a fast-paced environment and is forced to adapt.

All in all,

While the conditions mentioned may sound rather menial, it’s important to keep them in mind before referring your friends or connections to any job opening. With that being said, don’t hesitate to sign up as a referrer on our platform to get started. It’s free and easy AND you’ll get to earn up to RM 3,000 for each candidate placement!

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