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Do you know anyone who works for us?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
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"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!"

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"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."

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"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."

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"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!"

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"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!"

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"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."

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"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."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
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