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Asked by Tanya on February 12, 2017

If I got my interview through a family connection or though someone working at the company already, should I tell this to the interviewer or could that hurt my chances of getting hired?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on February 13, 2017

I think it is always best to shy away from mentioning this in an interview without being prompted. Typically interviewers will ask how you heard about the organization or the position, and at that time it is fine to say "my friend or whomever recommended I check it out" and then go into what you liked and why you applied.  Good luck!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on February 22, 2017

I agree with Ashlyn that it is always best to stay away from mentioning this or name dropping. Some interviewers or hiring managers may take this the wrong way. If asked how you heard about the position, I think it is appropriate to say you heard through a friend that works at the company. During the interview process, I think it is important that you are evaluated on your skills and qualifications instead of who you may know. In my experience, most interviewers appreciate candidates more that don't mention this as it comes across that you are trying to name drop.

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