Dear Experts, What do I do when my best friend is applying for a job at my company and I don't want him to work with me? I've worked with him before and he's a total slacker. He already sent in the application and referenced me without telling me. I know they are going to ask about him and I don't know what to say. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#218 Be honest. Don't be mean about it, but get your message across without trashing him. You need to protect your career. (@gradversity) Q#218 Grab hiring manager & tactfully share your concerns. Friendship and business are two separate things. (@jtodonnell) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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