Ever vouched for a friend for a job position…

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Peffy:  That really blows!

I once vouched for a friend in front of her, then told the manager after that I was guilted into bringing her, and he should ABSOLUTELY NOT HIRE HER.

She used to call out like once a week at the last job we worked togther! No way!

Post # 5
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I vouched for a girl when I was working a retail job (at Macy’s). She quit after 6 weeks–right before I got my small bonus for referring her. I was pretty annoyed at that and it made me look bad too. But it wasn’t as big a deal as your situation since it wasn’t my career.

That’s a shitty thing for him to do and I hope a lesson learned on your part. How annoying!

Post # 6
3009 posts
Sugar bee

This is tricky. You helped him and had the expectation that he would the position. He likely looked at it as a potential opportunity similar to others he was pursuing. Neither of you is wrong here- I’d feel frustrated for vouching for him. But, he needs to go with the position that best suits him. Ugh. I work for a large university system and people are always askin for help. I try to only help when it is a position I know will be a good fit. In this case you probably did feel that way… sorry this isn’t very helpful at all. I feel your pain though 🙁

Post # 8
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Peffy:  This hasn’t happened to me, but it happened to my FH.

He was promoted to a team leader position, leaving his former position vacant. His best friend, who also worked there, then inquired about being a candidate for FH’s old job. My FH thought that yes, he would be a great candidate because he was a hard worker, conscientious, etc., so he vouched for this guy up and down.

It gets bad. FH’s friend got the job; however, the Friday before the Monday he was supposed to start, FH’s boss called my FH telling him that they found video evidence of FH’s friend stealing money from people’s cubicles on a few occasions. He was fired immediately. FH was furious with him because he was so stupid to pull something like that, plus the fact that he put him in that position. FH vouched for him and his character! FH’s boss could’ve thought he was in on it, too!

Needless to say, FH cut him off completely. They’ve never spoken again.

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Peffy:  That’s really crappy of him! I would be pretty honest: Of course you’re irritated! It’s your career, your word, and you who looks bad now!

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