Study Claims Employers Hire Potential Friends Over Those More Qualified

Dec 6, 2012 Full story: NBC Miami

"In many respects they hired in a manner more closely resembling the choice of friends or romantic partners," Professor Lauren Rivera at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management said.

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Warrensburg, MO

#1 Dec 6, 2012
People who work in the same space and share many tasks MUST be able to work together. A worker who hates the sight of Joe, for instance, will avoid talking to Joe, or asking him any questions, and that slows the work down. I had a "Joe" in my workplace, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief when he found a different job.
Donkey Estonkey

Hampton, VA

#2 Dec 7, 2012
By definition, "the most qualified" includes having outstanding interpersonal skills.
As Louigi notes above, most jobs have a significant social element in which an individual who cannot fit in, can seriously disrupt the entire structure.

Any employer who ignores that element will suffer consequences, sometimes severe.

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#3 Dec 18, 2012
i'd say it may help somewhat, but it depends on what kind of job ur talking about.
to hire someone just because hes a friend isnt necessary a smart thing to do especially if ur talking about something important like a financial advisor, doctor, lawyer.
but yeah i do think it happens,
i think i was hired for my job because the guy hiring knew what my husband did for a living and somehow musta thought that would benefit him in some way. but it didnt, lol
The Paisan

Medford, NY

#5 Dec 18, 2012
I would hire someone if I thought we could be romantically involved at some future her first day on the job for example.

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