Being Adult

Job Recommendation – Risky Business of Reputation


In our life, we would have crossed the situation where we would have sought a Job Recommendation or Referred someone for some job either in our same office or through our Network. Earlier, it was awesome stuff and we would have carried a Pride of being an ambassador of our organisation or company. Alike everyone I too was in the same bowl of floating cotton until recently. Mostly I use to refuse to Recommend or Refer anyone, which might be because I mostly hate being quickly desi or Indian. I firmly believe that if someone is deserving or needy the person associated will identify and push them up for that position.

Though it might be hurting many in the recommendation scheme, the backstabbing moments will collapse the entire structure, recent expensive learning thought me this. From India, I had someone who assumed could be a potential candidate for a Finance segment position. I was serving the financial institution as a consultant and thought this candidate from India would be a deserving candidate for the new position which was opened with the Financial institution. He was a very well-performing candidate from India and I felt he could be better utilized in the UK. I passed on the opportunity information to him and even applied online into the systems on his behalf.

The Financial Institution initiated all the process for the candidate even before having the interviews and others. The Talent Acquisition head spoke with me personally and I assured that the candidate will be joining for sure. The Vice-President with whom I use to work also assured the same and considered him on-board and started planning June month roaster and training for him. While this was in progress, for some reason they called the candidate which he didn’t attend. After that, they checked the email Audit Log and found none of the emails sent was read nor accepted/replied. It was mid of February last year when the VP and Talent Acquisition head reached me over the phone asking for an explanation. When this was brought into my knowledge, initially I refused to believe because the candidate was highly desperate enough for the position while I discussed it with him. To satisfy me, they threw the deck of email logs and call logs.

I was quite furious about his activities and was in a slight cold war with the candidate before this incident happened due to certain activity which touched the base of my self-respect. Still, they directed me to call and check as the process of hiring was almost completed and required only the candidate’s task. I called and again my call wasn’t answered. I happened to put to some efforts and explain the inability of the candidate to the VP and Talent Acquisition team. Still, the loss was inevitable and irrecoverable in terms of time, effort and money (over £17,850). I understood the same and offered my resignation from the consulting role, along with the Vice-President. The Board refused to accept our resignation.

When I attempted to communicating further with the candidate, I felt that I am not respected and moved on.

Recently, when it was an annual appraisal for the Vice President, I happened to notice a very low rating for him. He was quite senior to me in age, but very friendly and down to earth person. On reviewing the appraisal sheet, I noticed the only cons as this candidate who was supposed to be on-board turned down. His reputation score within the organization was lowered by 7% because of this reason.

I felt very bad for this pathetic situation which I was directly responsible. This has thought me widely to learn that Recommending or Referring someone for some position is always risky of one’s reputation.


Kokula Krishna Hari K an Indian born in Pondicherry, South India in 1980's is a pure veteran with acquired knowledge in Business Administration, Computer Research and Entrepreneurship. More information about KK at www.kokulakrishnaharik.in