I'm looking for a word similar to nepotism or cronyism.
Here is an example: A man applies for a job through a friend, and gets an interview. The man is then judged completely on his actual ability to do the work, and not favored because of the relationship.
The reason why neither of the above work, is because there is no advantage gained by the association, apart from the opportunity to display actual merit for the job one applies for. What would the word be for this use of friendship either through family or not?