Survey Finds Most Human Resource Managers Have Been Forced to Hire Someone Against Their Wishes -- and All of the ism’s are Accounted for

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The majority of HR managers have been forced to hire someone they didn’t want to hire. According to a poll at, the leading reason is cronyism, followed by nepotism, and in some cases, what appears to be sexual attraction.

Old Saybrook, CT – November 10, 2005 – A clear majority of HR managers have been forced to hire someone they didn’t want to, according to a poll at, the website for human resource managers. The reasons given for why the non-preferred candidate was hired were startling. While cronyism topped the list, the Business & Legal Reports Inc. (BLR) website reported that every familiar hiring sin is still flourishing in America

Asked, “Has top management ever forced you to hire someone who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten the job?” visitors to – State HR Answers and Tools - answered as follows:

Yes – 77%

No – 23%

610 HR managers voted in this October poll.

All the “ism’s” - Cronyism, nepotism, and of course – sexism

BLR’s editors followed up with this question to find out more, with 561 HR managers responding:

“Forced to hire someone who otherwise wouldn't have gotten the job? What was the reason?”

Cronyism – 34%

Nepotism – 21%

Other – 18%

Race, ethnicity, or gender – 15%

Boss liked her for more than her job skills – 11%

Chris Kilbourne, managing editor of commented: “Frankly, we were surprised at the prevalence of the problem - this is clearly a hot button for HR managers. The overwhelming impression is that management meddling in the hiring process is alive and well in the American workplace.” provides compliance analysis on state employment laws to help HR managers steer clear of discrimination problems in hiring and HR administration. To help companies understand how to recruit and hire the best candidates without problems,’s editors are offering a free download of their special report: “Best Practices in Recruitment and Retention.” The report features case studies on best recruitment and hiring practices at Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Home Depot and other leading employers. Download it here:

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