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Old 09-13-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: SC
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A co-worker from 5 years ago has called several times and asked if I would be a reference. I told him yes because I thought he was an adequate worker with so-so people skills, and have done approximately three references for him over the years.

About a week ago, I received an email request to go to a certain website, create an account, log in, and answer questions there for a written reference for the same person (that person never called to inform me this was coming). To me that is a bit too intrusive, I don't like the "written in stone" aspect, and frankly feel it is asking me to do too much "work." I couldn't stand doing paperwork for myself when I used to search for jobs.

Has anyone else encountered this kind of request?
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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Any references I've given have been just a brief phone conversation. I don't think your former co-worker could have anticipated what their process for obtaining references would be. If you choose not to do the "work" after agreeing to being a reference, it will probably put him in a bad spot. I guess it comes down to how much you like the guy.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: SC
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Any references I've given have been just a brief phone conversation. I don't think your former co-worker could have anticipated what their process for obtaining references would be. If you choose not to do the "work" after agreeing to being a reference, it will probably put him in a bad spot. I guess it comes down to how much you like the guy.
True, to be clear... the last time he asked for a reference was in June, and I took the call for that reference that week.

I hadn't heard from the FCo-Worker since - even after I wrote to tell him how the reference interview went.

When I got this latest "written" request it went into my junk folder - apparently it was sent out about a month ago and today I got a phone call asking that I find the old mail and complete the reference. I informed the caller and have written to the FCo-Worker telling him what I received and informing him I am not interested in filling forms - they they are welcome to call me.

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Old 09-13-2018, 10:27 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I think you did the right thing. I would also ignore it, no way would I ever put a reference in writing for someone "adequate" and "so-so".
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:32 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Businesses want references from co-workers? Are you sure he isn't misrepresenting you as his manager?

A business that wants references to sign into a website and give a written appraisal is going to have problems gathering references for their applicants.
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:45 PM
 
Location: SC
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Businesses want references from co-workers? Are you sure he isn't misrepresenting you as his manager?

A business that wants references to sign into a website and give a written appraisal is going to have problems gathering references for their applicants.
No. References from co-workers is very common - at least in contracting.
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:17 AM
 
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Forget that, the employer can pick up the phone and call me.

Employers have no shame.
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