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I am currently employed at an excellent company, and a colleague of mine from graduate school has repeatedly requested that I put his/her name forward as a recommended hire at my company.

For various reasons, this is not someone I would feel comfortable recommending for a job; even if it was with someone other than my current employer. The person is a good worker, but he/she can be very unpleasant to work with. What is the proper way to decline their request? He/she and I have many mutual colleagues in our professional network, so I would very much like to avoid creating any animosity with this person.

marked as duplicate by paparazzo, Lilienthal, Community Apr 15 '16 at 7:29

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  • This question has been asked before. Generally, you refer the person anyway, but you tell the manager to stick the resume at the bottom of the pile. – Stephan Branczyk Apr 15 '16 at 4:42
  • Ah, my apologies, I searched for the question but didn't find it. – DIMMSum Apr 15 '16 at 4:43
  • No worries. I looked for a duplicate question, but couldn't find an exact match either. Anyway, that's the gist of the answer I can recall, if someone else wants to expand on it. – Stephan Branczyk Apr 15 '16 at 4:46
  • Or you could just tell them no. I used to have guys ask me to get them forestry jobs, and normally I'd say something along the lines of "Na... love you like a brother bro, but you got to admit you're a bit of a prick to work with, you'll give me a bad name." or "Na... you're a lazy bugger." They always took it alright. – Kilisi Apr 15 '16 at 4:50
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    @Lilienthal I agree that it's a duplicate and marked it as such -- thanks for letting me know. – DIMMSum Apr 15 '16 at 7:31