Did you know that people with a friend at work are 7x more likely to engage in their work fully? (Source: Forbes) The interviewer would like to see if a friend referred you to this position, a former co-worker, or an industry acquaintance. This question is another way of the interviewer asking where you heard about the role, and if you have any connections from within. The organization may also have employee referral programs. You can keep your answer brief and to the point.
"I do not personally know anyone who works for your company; however, I am connected with a couple of your employees on LinkedIn due to common group interests. I look forward to getting to know your team!"
"I am friends with a professional recruiter who recommend that I check out your company's job postings. She mentioned that you had an excellent reputation and that everyone she has placed with your company has seen long tenure."
"My former manager now works for your company, although in a different department. His name is James Smith. He's a great guy! I would be happy to fill out any referral paperwork if you wish."
"The marketing industry is a tight-knit one, and I have worked with people who left their jobs to join your company. I was always a bit envious, to be honest - this seems like such an incredible place to be. When I first saw your job posting I was very excited to sit down and create my application!"
"My best friend referred me to this job posting. She is the manager of your Mount Royal location, Jessica Smith. She has said some incredible things about your organization, all which prompted me to apply!"
"I have worked for your competitor for many years and have become familiar with many of your sales agents, and clients, simply from industry relation. I cannot say that I am friends, per say, but I am familiar with a few of your employees."
"My sister is a teacher at your school - Jessica Smith. She has been with your district for twelve years now. I recently relocated to this area because I wanted to be closer to her. I guess this is as close as it gets! We have always had a wonderful relationship, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with her, and the rest of your team."