Ahoy, me Hearties! Having trouble deciding whether or not to recommend someone? No problem, we've all been there. But first a reminder of our purpose here.
We've always discovered the best job openings and talent to hire through recommendations from the people we know and trust. But it's way too hard to unearth these opportunities and find people who can make introductions. Hearty exists to solve these issues.
The core action of Hearty is to recommend people we know and trust to specific Leaderboards around skill or interest areas. Our app frequently makes suggestions of people that you may recommend. This raises the question: How should I decide whether or not to recommend someone? Here's some guidance that people have found helpful:
Recommendations > Referrals
A recommendation is different than a referral because it comes along with an endorsement of an individual that you have worked with closely and know well. When you give a recommendation, you are putting your own reputation on the line.
The best way to think about it is to imagine that a close friend of yours sees a candidate who could be a good fit for an open role, asks you about the person, and you are willing to give a positive response and offer to make an introduction. This could be a person you currently work with, or someone you worked alongside ten years ago.
Checklist for Recommendations
Before hitting that recommendation box, make sure you can say "yes" to each of these questions:
Are they Capable? - You've personally seen that they have the skills or fit the role that the Leaderboard is looking for.
Do they have Good Character? - We only want to recognize people that you trust and that are positive, team players.
Do you know them well enough to make Introductions? - Hearty is about helping people connect around opportunities, and unlike how most people think about a LinkedIn connection, it should signal that you have a relationship with the person.
At the end of the day, the decision to recommend some is yours, and all members create their own personal "rulebooks" for evaluation. You can even remove a recommendation, or "unrecommend", for whatever reason by deselecting the person on the Leaderboard where you added them (Note: This will not trigger a notification).
If you're in doubt do not recommend them. There's nothing wrong with not having enough information to make such an important decision. And down the road you may work more closely with the person and decide to add them to a Leaderboard.