Greg Charles wrote:I think it's pretty common for "knowing someone" to give a leg up into getting hired. Companies receive piles of resumes, many of which contain exaggerations or outright lies. They need a way to cull these resumes, and having a personal recommendation by someone inside the company is one of those ways.
Is it ethical? That depends on the situation. It's certainly ethical for a manager to weight a personal recommendation above, say, a high GPA. If there is some sort of quid pro quo going on ... a kickback to the manager, for example ... then it would be unethical.
But these two guys actually learned some of the REQUIRED (NOT nice to have or optional) skills on the job. I don't know if they faked those skills in the resume and were lucky enough not to be asked questions related to those skills (perhaps because the skills were important, but not the core skills needed for the job).
The job opening availability was removed much earlier than its listed date
Job Hunters Bible.
In the job-hunt, networking is often the secret of the game. Consider: a 2003 study showed that for the companies participating, 60% of their new employees were hired through employee referrals, or the Internet. Since other recent studies have shown that the Net accounts for less than 10% of new hires, that leaves us with at least half of the open jobs being filled through networking. [taken from the JobHuntersBible.com (What Color is Your Parachute)