Recently I had an interview with the state department. It seems it was a tailor made job profile for me, from view of my skills and having worked in similar position. Also I was very thorough in interview. (The interview panel confirmed this in post interview feedback). I got a reference check and after a week I received email notification I was unsuccessful in getting this job. I called the conveyor who confirmed I was very good during interview and technical test, but they were looking for little extra (??).
Not sure if my current line manager has given sufficient reference of my skills during reference check call. I still can't think of any other reason as it went till to reference check. (Generally in Australia they don't do a reference check until you are certainly to get the job).
My Question: how to ensure my current manager is fair and has given true reference of my skills - without confronting them, as she is still and will be my manager/referee till I get a new job.