I'm interviewing with a company as a new graduate, and I have been asked for professional references.

I had 3 internships and can get references from 2 of them. Last internship ( and the most relevant one) made me a full time offer that I politely declined because it was too low. Unfortunately it offended the manager who was expecting that I would join the company.

Now I'm not sure if it is still okay to list him as my reference, or to even ask for a reference. What is the best action to take in this situation?

  • Do you have reason to believe this guy will stitch you up?
    – solarflare
    Jul 2, 2019 at 0:03
  • I honestly feel even weird to ask after declining his offer. He seemed to be pissed (I told him I got another offer), but besides that he was happy with my work. So not sure
    – Dany
    Jul 2, 2019 at 0:09

1 Answer 1


As alternatives to your previous manager, consider the following for references:

1. Another manager at the same company. Even if you only occasionally worked together, another manager would probably be happy to be a reference for you.

2. A senior leader at the same company. Your boss's boss, or even higher up would be a great reference. If there is someone who was familiar with what you were working on, it wouldn't hurt to ask.

3. Professors or staff from school. For entry level jobs, professors can be fine professional references, especially if you did something like assist with research, TA a class, or were involved in student government.

It's also okay to submit multiple references from the same company.

Best of luck with the interview!

  • Thank you! I will reach out to other senior employees!
    – Dany
    Jul 2, 2019 at 0:10
  • Or, if it's just to confirm your work history (rather than write you a review) somebody from HR in that company would do.
    – Smock
    Jul 2, 2019 at 10:46

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