A job referral is when someone recommends or refers someone else for a job opening at a company. This can be done by an employee at the company, a friend, a family member, or a professional contact. When someone refers a candidate for a job, they are basically vouching for that person and suggesting that they would be a good fit for the position. The company may then consider the referred candidate more seriously than other candidates because they have a personal recommendation from someone they trust. Some companies even have formal referral programs in place that give employees a financial or other type of reward for referring someone who gets hired.