There are a number of different personal policies for accepting connections with people on LinkedIn. Here are some of them and the reasons why:
The More the Merrier
The philosophy of accepting all connections on LinkedIn is a common one. It is no fuss and an easy way to manage requests on the platform. If you change your mind about someone later, you can always block him or her, or remove the connection.
Some people are a little more discerning with whom they accept a connection with. They might take a few minutes to see if they have any common interests or work in a similar field or a complimentary industry.
Depending on whether you are seeking job opportunities then you might like to accept requests from recruiters, as they often use the platform to post jobs.
Accepting Only People You Know
Some people have adopted a personal policy of accepting connections only where they know the person in real life or have worked with them.
If they are an acquaintances or someone you might meet at a networking event (such as the same city) then they might get an acceptance.
This tactic avoids those uncomfortable dating requests and sales pitches. It is also a good way to avoid fake accounts.
Screening People You Don’t Know
Other people clarify a new connection request on LinkedIn with a question. You can copy and paste a short note to say something like “Hi, thanks for the invite to connect. I apologize, I don’t recall how we know each other – can you please remind me?”
Other people do not accept unsolicited connection requests from people they do not know.
Who to Block on LinkedIn
You can use LinkedIn to block individual people. This is a useful way to deal with spammers, creeps or online (and offline) bullies.
LinkedIn Request Etiquette
Next time you request a connection on LinkedIn, add a short line about where you met or what you have in common.
For LinkedIn to remain a professional platform it is important to create an acceptance policy so that you are communicating with like-minded people.
What is your personal policy for accepting connection requests on LinkedIn?
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