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My team is looking to fill a position. One of my acquaintances applied. Is it legal for me to ask people I know she has worked with how she is like professionally? Someone had made previously made comment about her that is preventing her from getting an interview.

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Legal? No. Is it done? All the time. Job applications are personal and confidential. So unless you have permission to talk with past folks you run a risk. Will the person you ask tell said person you told them they applied? What would happen if applicant then sued the firm for breach of confidentiality? Do u want that risk?

And in OP post there is no info handed over as he knows who the applicant worked with

Something better would be to ask said person “ hey we both know so and so, what would that say about you and your work ethic if asked”? Basically allow them to tell in themselves.

I was hoping to ask a friend of mine since he has worked with her professionally. If I get positive feedback that I can relay to my boss then she could get an interview.

I mean if this said friend has a bad rep would you really want to be the one referring her?

She’s a hard worker from the looks of it. I only knew her in a social setting at happy hours and walking past her desk, so I can’t properly give feedback in terms of actual work. This comment was made by someone who worked with her as a senior and she’s now a senior manager.

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