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Hiring managers often extend job offers to employee referrals without interviewing other candidates. When other candidates are interviewed, the employee referral is still most likely to receive the job offer. This outcome should not come as a surprise. Logically, there should be less risk in hiring someone who comes recommended. And, it isn’t necessarily a bad practice. The more you know about a candidate beyond their resume and interview, the better the odds of correctly inferring that they will do a great job for you. But not all referrals are equal. Nor does every referral turn out to perform well. So how do you know if the employee referral is the best candidate to hire, and what can you do to figure it out?