I just got an offer at a firm. During the interview I asked why the job was open. They told me the last person quit because of family and they told me the associate’s name. I found the associate on LinkedIn. I am tempted to write them and see if they’ll talk to me about the job. What do you think? Is there a down side? Will I get in trouble somehow?

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Update: I did it and got some very good info. Thank you for the push.

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I think if they gave you the person’s name then they were opening the door for you to contact them. So I’d do it!

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Do it. People look up former associates all the time.

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Do it!!

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I actually did this and it saved me from walking into a nightmare job

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Agreed. Go for it. I would say, hey I’m interviewing for your previous firm and would love to chat about your experiences there. Then let them open up and see what they say.

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Do it. I did this with an in-house role and found out that he didn’t quit because of “personality differences”, he quit because the CEO refused to listen to him and lied on a SEC disclosure.

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