I am currently interviewing for a full-time position in a big company named A. A asked me for "professional references". Since my previous experience was an internship at another big company B, similar and in competition to A, it would be natural to put my manager on the top of the list.
However, I turned down the full-time role that my manager offered me at the end of the internship. Then, it will be very delicate for me to ask him to refer me for a very similar role at another company. Especially since if I am not hired at A, I would like to come back to B.
On the other end, if I don't put any professional reference from my internship at B, it would seem strange because this is approximately my only one professional experience (or, at least, by far the most relevant for the position I am applying).
I see 3 solutions:
- Do not put any professional reference from B on the list
- Ask my manager.
- Speak about this with my recruiter at A.
What do you think please?