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Old 07-02-2019, 01:35 PM
 
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I filled out an application that asked do you have a relative working at where I was applying, and what is their name, relationship, and department.

I told the truth and said yes( a sister) and gave the info they asked for.

Was this bad?

I will not be working in the same department as them nor will they be a supervisor over me in any capacity.
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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It's often required that you disclose any family members working for the same company, as well as anyone who may have recommended you. I would not try to skip around the request/requirement.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:05 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I filled out an application that asked do you have a relative working at where I was applying, and what is their name, relationship, and department.

I told the truth and said yes( a sister) and gave the info they asked for.

Was this bad?

I will not be working in the same department as them nor will they be a supervisor over me in any capacity.
Being truthful on a job application is usually better than lying. Consider...what did you gain if they find out you do have a relative working for them? Your relationship may not matter to them at all, but you'll be branded dishonest. Over a nothingburger.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:15 PM
 
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Some places give preference to employees family members. If not preference, in many cases it doesn't hurt.

If your sis is a good worker, YOU might be also.
And also unless you're estranged and she doesn't know...would your sister have you apply knowing you're a screw up, and could mess up HER reputation at work? No.

When applying, I think it's usually a plus to have a relative working there.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Some places give preference to employees family members. If not preference, in many cases it doesn't hurt.
It can go either way. A small company might be inclined to hire a relative for several reasons, not all of which are necessarily sensible.

But a big company wants to know if you have a relative who might be a supervisor or underling, or might become one, or might even be a co-worker in a sensitive role. Most 'inside jobs' on companies involve people who know each other well outside of work - very close friends, families or even spouses. So they want to know, and it's not necessarily any kind of downcheck unless there's a conflict.
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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Some companies don't want relatives working for them at all. It's better to not get the job than to be fired over this.
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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I filled out an application that asked do you have a relative working at where I was applying, and what is their name, relationship, and department.

I told the truth and said yes( a sister) and gave the info they asked for.
You should always tell the truth.

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Was this bad?

I will not be working in the same department as them nor will they be a supervisor over me in any capacity.
It depends on company policy and also if they like your sister as a worker. If not, then it will probably hurt your chances.

I've worked at places that had no problem with hiring relatives, and other places that wouldn't touch any employee's relative with a ten foot pole. The ones that did usually kept them in different departments.
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Old 07-02-2019, 07:01 PM
 
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But a big company wants to know if you have a relative who might be a supervisor or underling, or might become one, or might even be a co-worker in a sensitive role.
'Tude got this one right.

If the relative is in a completely different line of business, then there isn't any issue. Example: you're applying for a job as a patent attorney while your relative is a director in manufacturing or export licensing or tax.
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Old 07-02-2019, 08:34 PM
 
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Quietude is right.

I worked for a huge agency, and a relative applied there, was asked the same question as you, and they replied honestly. They got the job. We weren’t even working in the same division, but if they had lied, it would have been discovered and agency policy would have prevented them from being hired.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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It could go either way.

My dad referred to me to the hiring manager at the place he worked, which was my first job out of college. Some places will have outright bans on hiring close relatives for certain teams.
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