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Are Hiring Managers Afraid to Hire Friends?

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Dear Experts,

Do you think some hiring mangers are afraid to hire someone they personally know, even if she or he is qualified for the job?

Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:

Q#467 Yes, to keep things from looking too suspicious. I would be hesitant to interview a friend for a job. (@beneubanks)

Q#467 A bad hire reflects badly on hiring mgr. Doubly so for “known acquaintances.” Be “extra” professional to assuage fears. (@DawnBugni)

Q#467 Yes, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get the job. You just have to work harder to prove you are the best candidate. (@gradversity)

Q#467 Because hiring manager’s reputation on line, may not want to risk own career for friend. Better for someone else to interview/hire you. (@juliaerickson)

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