Questions tagged [references]

References is a section in résumé or otherwise organized list of people an applicant has been working with, and who may provide with a feedback on their working with the applicant

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Does referring a poor candidate look bad on me?

(I hope this is safely assumed but just in case, poor does not mean financially; in this context, poor = lacking in some characteristics; below in standards) Two years ago, upon graduating from ...
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When is a good time to present references, letters of reference, and letters of recommendation?

I don't think I've ever been asked for references or letters of reference before, but I do want to provide them in this particular instance, because they may help me get an offer. I've read you ...
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Lied on my resume to get my current job. Now company is being acquired. Does this typically result in background checks?

Two years ago, I wanted a job at a cool tech startup as a new graduate so made up a bunch of internship experience to land it. The lies consisted of pretending to have 1 additional summer internship ...
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LinkedIn recommendations for some former colleagues but not all

At my previous place of work a lot of people had to leave, including me. We stay in touch. Of the people still working there some will probably have to look for new jobs soon. A few of my former ...
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Can I be fired the same day that I hand in my notice?

My situation is a little different to others and needs some explaining. Me and my boss do not have a very good relationship on a personal level. We often argue about the morals and future of the ...
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IT company demands for reference

Reference check is the fourth and last step of the hiring procedure for an IT company who is trying to offer a job to candidate. The HR now demands my ex-managers contact. I personally have no issue ...
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No References in Job Application. How bad is it?

I got my PhD 4 years ago in operations research, and I have been working as a data scientist since. I am looking to switch to careers to software development. However, I am leaving my current company ...
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Contacting 'references' that are not on the reference list

I found out that the CEO/hiring manager finds non-listed 'references' (generally via LinkedIn) for the later-stage candidates, and contacts them without asking permission. These non-listed references ...
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In the process of redundancy - shall I disclose this to potential future employers?

There are cuts in the company I work for and I've been one of those selected for redundancy. In my case it is going to take a few weeks. Both before learning about it and afterwards I applied to ...
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Asking a previous manager for a reference when they want me back

I worked as an SE intern for about a year at a large local company, before leaving to finish my degree. I left the company on excellent terms, and made it clear that reapplying to the company upon ...
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Written Testimonial from same person and different employers

Where I live and work it is customary to give an employee a written testimony upon leaving the company (The literal translation for the document "Arbeitszeugnis" is employer's reference). My current ...
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How do I make the most out of my references page?

I've had several job interviews recently. Typically, the potential employer will ask for a page listing some specified number of individual references. I have no problem adding quality contacts to ...
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References from Current Employer

TLDR What is a plausible way to provide a reference from my current employer by way of a colleague (who is in management) without endangering my current potion, his position and doing so that makes ...
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After being employed for 8 years, being asked for past references

Out of the blue and after 8 years working in the same company my employer is asking for references for two employers from the past. Can they do that?
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Advise: Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

I finished my PhD but I filed a complaint against my supervisors and one of them is the Head of the Department. I received an official apology letter from the university about my poor experience as a ...
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Asking for a recommendation from a colleague to apply for an internship at a company he mentioned to me

Right now, I'm doing an internship at a local company in my province. In October of last year, I decided that I wanted to participate in an internship program in Japan that my school advertises. They ...
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What should I say when a company asks you why someone (a friend) who was fired left?

A friend of mine asked me if I could be a reference for them. Both of us used to work for the same company, in the same department, until they were fired by our shared manager. Reasons were presented ...
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References check time difference

A company asked for references The job is in Canada while references are in Australia if they are going to call the reference during working hours in Canada that means it will be mid-night in ...
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How to explain why I don't have a reference from one of my experiences?

I'm in my final year of university and I have a panel interview coming up soon. They asked for the two references I provided to fill out a document as a part of the process. I interned at a company ...
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Is it OK for a reference to contact the hiring manager first?

I've recently been asked to be a reference for a previous colleague. The hiring manager of the said colleague mentioned that he will be reaching out to my colleague's referees shortly. Its been a 3-4 ...
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Removing long term experience off CV

My first role upon graduating was working in a start up for 4 years as a Software engineer. Unfortunately things really soured with Senior management after the 4th year causing me to resign and move ...
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How to handle references from superiors when superiors don't know that I'm looking for a new role?

I'm in my first job out of college. It's been a few years and I'm now looking for a new role and am interviewing with various companies. My resume says 'references on request', and I have some ...
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Potentially hired, but still no response, unsure how to proceed

I am in a rather odd situation. I applied to a job and recieved an email over 3 weeks ago saying that they are interested in me and they are looking to hire in the next couple weeks for immediate ...
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What do I put under Relationship Length on my references for a job application

Im trying to complete my references on my application and i have everything except for the final box which just says, “relationship length”. There was already a space for relationship, so i’m unsure ...
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How much information do previous employers give to prospective employers?

Reading this question, I came across the staement: I know they are going to confirm degree with previous employer In my experience, in the UK, most previous employers will only confirm that the ...
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Inflated grade on resume at previous job, might former employer tell new employer?

I’m 24 years old and have just landed an offer for my dream job. I sailed through the interview process and the company were extremely impressed with my experience and performance during the process....
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Experience letter or success story

I was working as a solution architect and consultant for a project in one of largest banks in the country through one of the international IT consultancy companies. My project allocation contact ended ...
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First job ended badly, still put it on resume for reference?

At the end of this week my contract of my first (full-time) job comes to an end. This did not end well and I'm not really on good term with my (soon to be ex-)boss. I am worried that when applying for ...
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How can I avoid the job I'm applying for contacting my current supervisor as a reference, and instead contacting my direct manager?

I feel as if my current supervisor will unfortunately be an unfair reference, and will likely sabotage my job applications. This is due to our whole airline team being made redundant. (I was ...
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My potential new manager is asking sensitive information from my references [closed]

I'm applying for a job in Marketing in England. My potential new manager asked my age on the phone interview. I let it go as he is not originally from here. But it got to a point where he is now ...
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Ex-Boss not giving me my experience letter (“Arbeitszeugnis”)

I am an international masters student in Germany. I started working in a company in August last year as a work student, but after 3 weeks of joining the company I went back to my home country as it ...
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Job Application Question: How do I list this specific experience on the application, and how do I provide references when I don't have enough?

I'm filling out a job application in-person after submitting my resume and there's a section for Employment History. I also do volunteer work with the company I'm applying to, which was previously ...
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Waiting for reference checks. How to proceed?

I went through 3 interview steps, and then HR called me and told me that they want to proceed with my application. They asked from me 3 references. I've provided 4. The thing is that it was urgent ...
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Does apologizing make me look weak? (how to get referral)

I started a "startup" with a friend. The reason I did this was mainly because getting a programming job is hard, and the last internship I had programming was somewhat demoralizing; I didn't find the ...
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How to handle a potential employer wanting current supervisor references

So I got an email from a job I interviewed for and they want me to come in for a reference and background check, as well as provide “my current and most recent supervisors information”. The issue is ...
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How do I make amends and go about apologizing to former manager(s) after being dismissed for gross misconduct?

I was fired for gross misconduct , and want to apologize to my former mangers as I didn't see them at all during my last days at the company. Should i ring/message them to ask to meet face to face to ...
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Are references important in the Netherlands?

I am considering moving to the Netherlands and need to find a job. How important is it with references when looking for qualified (IT) positions in the Netherlands? I have good local references but ...
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Ask our software representative to be a reference while applying at his company

In short I’ve been working at my current company for just shy of 5 years and due to any substantial career advancement I’ve decided it’s time to start the job hunt so I can move forward in my career. ...
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What does a job reference check/back ground check actually entail? [closed]

I was fired from my last job for gross misconduct due to a breach of confidentiality. When i apply for jobs in the future, what exactly happens when my new employer does a reference check on my past ...
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Fired for gross misconduct because I sent confidential information to personal mailbox - how do I get another job? [duplicate]

I was dismissed for a breach of confidentiality. I was working on some client confidential information on my client issued laptop and I emailed this info to my personal mailbox as I wanted to ...
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When do I withdraw from a search?

I was offered a job with Company A, and verbally accepted. We're in the process of sending off the official offer letter and a background check, but things seem to be moving along quickly/confidently. ...
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Would it give a bad impression if I left my job because my past projects “keep following me”?

Some context I'm currently working in a large IT company for over three years. I have worked on five projects and have a new one currently. Problem Two of my past projects are finished on paper (...
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References before interview

I have been invited to an interview and they say they are contacting my previous and current employer already. It's slightly strange to want this before. It did say on the application form "please ...
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Interviewer asking for references that I can't provide

A potential employer is asking for my most recent work references, unfortunately the companies (3) I most recently worked for have policies that refuse references in the format this new employer is ...
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Government hiring process requires a reference from current employer. What should I do?

I successfully passed the the two first steps of the hiring process: a test and an interview. For the final step of the hiring process they are requiring me to provide my current superior's contact ...
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Why would employers prohibit employees from being referees to each other? [closed]

I just realized my employee agreement (which I signed several years ago) has a clause that prohibits me from being a referee for another employee at the firm. The clause does not distinguish between ...
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Fired in Probation Period, Boss offers to make it look good in reference letter [closed]

I was fired at the end of my probation period, because I called in sick too many times. My boss said he wants to make it look like I was only temporary there for a project, so that it doesn't look ...
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Can I use my internship management as a reference if they are pressuring me for future employment?

I am currently employed as an intern at a company I worked for over the summer who encouraged me to stay on board. They extended my internship as a result and have continually asked me if I am ...
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What to tell when an employer asks about my co-worker's weaknesses?

So me and my coworker are programmers. My coworker is applying to different jobs. He asked me if I can be a reference and I said yes. In mine opinion, my coworker is one of the best programmers I ever ...
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Professional references I introduced to the HR manager don't respond?

I am at the end of my PhD and searching for my next professional opportunity. I recently had a job interview for a research engineer position. I had two different interviews: with the scientific/...