Interviewing a friend...

@ip5217 (1656)
Philippines
September 28, 2010 1:12pm CST
Have you tried interviewing a friend for a specific position at work? You first of all didn't have a choice to backout because you are part of the committee that decides. How did you manage the situation? Was your friend hired?
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@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
30 Sep 10
oh i think i have not interviewed a friend.. but i have had a lot of friends who joined the company i worked for when i have referred them to the company. my manager friends interviewed them (bypassing hr already hehe) and so they get hired faster than every one else.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
30 Sep 10
Good for your friends because they have you to lobby for them. hehhe
@Hatley (164468)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Sep 10
hi ip no I have never been in that position but a friend and I were vying for the same move up job and she got the job due to office politics before hand, I overheard the boss and second in command saying they were going to hire myfriend even though five of us had applied so they had t o go t hrough the farce with us all. this did infuriate me as why interview anyone if they had already decided on my friend, I did not hold this against my friend as she had no idea what was going on,.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
That's a sad reality. In our office politics exits too. Some internal job promotions are pre-determined. They just want to show everyone that they want to go through the due process, when in fact it's just a front.
• United States
28 Sep 10
Yes several friends actually. For me it was not difficult as I utilize complete professionalism and reminded them that although we are friends that work has to come first. I suppose I was lucky as I have never had problems with friends at work after being hired.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
28 Sep 10
That's nice to hear. I'm sure you're very good at showing a poker face when you conduct an interview.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
1 Oct 10
Yes, I have but only once and it wasn't really a friend. Instead, it was my brother-in-law and the reason that I had some input in the situation was because I'd been doing the job for quite some time and I was the only one that really knew what was going on. He did end up getting the job for a variety of reasons, the main reason was that he knew what was going on with the project, however, it also helped that the two of us get along.