Person A is in the job market, far beyond entry level, requiring education and experience in the field. Person B, a good friend of A, hears of opportunities at company C. B is in contact with C, as they are doing work for B. B tells both parties about each other.

A tells B that he is going to apply.

Later in the week B sends an email to an employee at C for a different matter, but actually wants to make sure that C knows that the application they have gotten from A is from the person he knows and told them about. B says in the email that he has heard A has sent an application. The employee at C says that they haven't received anything.

A hasn't sent an application yet, and is now portrayed as less than truthful.

Can A somehow save this? And how?

(This is not about the legality of the actions, as in some juriditions it might be illegal to ask about or divulge informations about applicants).

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    Please clarify whether you are A, B or C. Hypothetical questions don't tend to lead to useful answers. Feb 21, 2016 at 15:45
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    Voting to close as unclear what you're asking because why does A need to save anything? He told B that he is going to apply, and B emailed C that A has already applied.
    – Masked Man
    Feb 21, 2016 at 16:49
  • For the record, this is confusing and unnecessarily complicated. Keep it simple and explain it in step-by-step timeline format if that is the issue. Sounds a like a referral issue? I can't really tell though.
    – G.T.D.
    Feb 21, 2016 at 19:20
  • Why on earth do you think that A "is now portrayed as less than truthful" ? Feb 21, 2016 at 23:18
  • ok to close/delete
    – Bent
    Feb 22, 2016 at 9:13

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I don't see the problem here.

B told C (incorrectly) that A sent an application to C.

How and why would that suddenly be A's problem? B made a fairly trivial mistake - it could happen to anyone.

If I were A, I'd send in my application and not worry about trivial matters.

  • Agree the only issue might be between A and B if A told B that he had sent in the application but for some reason hadn't. But that would just warrant an apology and doesn't sound like a big deal. Feb 21, 2016 at 16:13

Can A somehow save this? And how?

Yes, by submitting a strong application. If A told B that A was going to apply and B misheard that or misestimated the time delay for when he should shift temporal tenses, that's an understandable mistake B made. If C notices an inconsistency, it could be attributed to B rather than A, but would still be a minor matter compared to the actual contents of the application. If it is a big deal to C, C could ask about it at an interview, but probably they won't care, once they get your application.

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