Is mixing business and pleasure a good idea? We all have friends who just can’t stop talking about their work. They even try to convince you: “You should try applying to my company!”. You usually make a mental note of their suggestion but forget about it as soon as the conversation moves on. Not so fast! Perhaps you have just missed out on a unique opportunity! I should know – I found the job of a lifetime through a referral.
Here are 3 reasons why you should take their offer seriously:
When friends try to convince you to apply to their company, it means that they enjoy working there. So much, in fact, that they even chose to speak about it in their free time to you. In HR this is called ‘Employee Advocacy’, which is a second good sign. In addition, they know what you look for in an employer and seem to think you will fit in too.
In my case I was charmed when my friend (and now colleague) Stéphanie talked about working at delaware. She only talked in superlatives about her employer and her enthusiasm was contagious. This seemed like a place where I too would feel at home!
Keen to apply at your friend’s company? In a normal application procedure, you would go to the website of the company, send your cv and keep your fingers crossed.
Wouldn’t it be better to get hold of some inside info beforehand? Find out more about the company by asking your own questions such as
By doing this, you will get even better insight into the company’s way of working. Moreover, you gain access to information other applicants don’t usually have, giving you an upper hand when applying.
Ask your friend if he or she could give you a head start in the application procedure by sending your cv directly to the right person at HR or help prepare the interviews once you have been selected.
In my own recruitment procedure, having an ‘inside-man’ (or woman in my case) proved to be crucial: I knew who I was going to meet beforehand and what I needed to pay attention to during the interviews. I hope my inside information was not the only reason delaware hired me, but it definitely helped!
In addition, in my experience as a recruiter, referrals immediately catch my attention. At delaware we believe that everyone is HR, making our employees part of the recruitment team.
Being a referral definitely gives you an advantage.
You may think that I am biased because I was a referral myself. However, referrals are also interesting from a company’s perspective. This is proven by a broad array of studies and articles.
At delaware our number of referrals is rising every year and we hope to increase it even further! Did you find your dream job on our job vacancies website, but don’t seem to know anyone at delaware? There’s always a way in. That’s what LinkedIn is for. Check if there is anyone in your network – or your network’s network – who is working at delaware and can give you more information.
Thanks a bunch to Stéphanie who helped me get my dream job! Do you have any experience of being a referral? Was your experience similar to mine?
Author: Tomas Castro. You can connect with Tomas on LinkedIn.