Some business experts say you should never hire friends of existing employees. Other business books say you should never hire friends of existing employees. What is interesting is that each pitches their view single-minded passion. The reality is that the best person for any vacancy is the best person, regardless of how they came to you.

It’s on my mind today because we are about to hire a new team member in Brisbane and two applicants have connections with the business from others already here. Their skillset tells me I should not knock them out because of the existing connection.

This process of hiring people is time consuming but incredibly valuable if you can find the right person to add value to the business and help the candidate develop their skills as the same time – regardless of whether they come through friends or not.

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