Most companies have a referral program where employes can refer their acquaintances for positions in the company. The idea behind the program is simple, smart people have smart friends and you have a higher chance of finding a qualified person through a referral than a cold interview.
I got the following email today which turns the entire concept on its head and tries to convince you to game the system:
As a qualified professional in a reputed firm you are probably on the lookout for good candidates to refer. I’d like to introduce Round One – an innovative new platform that connects you to job seekers so you can refer those you choose:
Once you sign up you can:
- Receive profiles of candidates interested in your company via email, who you can unofficially interview over the phone
- Earn incentives from Round One for each candidate you speak with
- Refer candidates you choose, via your firms referral program and earn your company’s referral bonus
The third point makes is really clear what their selling point is: make money by referring candidates to your company. But instead of referring people you personally know are qualified for the position, you will be referring people you have talked to a couple of times on the phone and have know idea about. In essence you are acting like a head hunter but instead of being upfront about it you are gaming the company.
I am sure that this practice would be discouraged in most companies and if a person is caught doing this they would face some action. Actually I would hope that this would be the case because this offer is dishonest and sneaky. If you really want to spend time headhunting you should start/join a headhunter company.
What do you folks think? Is this a smart idea, or just underhandedness and not something to be encouraged?