Recently I recieved a verbal job offer and now the new employer is checking off references. There is one job on my resume I worked several years ago at a small company from which I can not get a reference. I spoke with my previous boss and he asked not to be used, I believe this is because he was quite upset when I quit.
I have explained this to the new potential employer and he pushed me to get a reference from a previous co-worker at the company (also not possible - I have tried - it is a very small tight-knit work place).
I have not been on the other end of an interview (hiring someone) before and am not sure how they may see this. I'm worried this makes me look bad and they may renege the offer. Is there anything I can do or say so that doesn't happen?
Also in the future would it be a good idea to remove this company from my resume entirely? If so, I worked there for roughly a year, how would I explain the gap? If not, how could I handle a similar situation in the future?
- This is in Canada
- it's a software engineering position
- I have several other good references from other companies that I have already provided
- they countered my salary range request with a larger amount so it sounds like they are very interested in hiring me