If a boss passes a résumé to a hiring manager and says the candidate is “a great fit,” it seems like it would be pretty hard to say no, right?
Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu, fundamentally disagrees with this approach.
“I get a lot of folks looking to have their friends get a job, parents that have older children that want internships and things,” Hopkins told Alex Grodnik on the Wall Street Oasis podcast.
“One of the things that I decided early on is that it’s not good for that person if I walk over to somebody else and say, ‘I think you need to hire that person,'” he continued.
Hopkins sees nepotism as something that hurts those hired employees in the end, calling it unhealthy for the culture of the company.
“If somebody says ‘Hey, they got that job because Mike said to hire them,’ that’s not generally going to be a place for someone to succeed,” Hopkins said. “People get their own jobs here.”
He stuck to that advice even when his interviewer, Alex Grodnik, mentioned he would be finishing up his MBA at UCLA Anderson and was looking for a job.
“Sure, I can set you up with the right recruiter,” Hopkins said.