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Old 07-19-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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This isn't really standard in my opinion...I'm also not familiar with the agency it's not one of the big ones. They do post some things I'm interested in and he says he is open to having an interview with me. What should I do? Some of these agencies are starting to get a little shady imo it seems like there is a new one popping up every other day.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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This isn't really standard in my opinion...I'm also not familiar with the agency it's not one of the big ones. They do post some things I'm interested in and he says he is open to having an interview with me. What should I do? Some of these agencies are starting to get a little shady imo it seems like there is a new one popping up every other day.
He probably wants your references so he can make sales calls to them.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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I wouldn't. I don't want my references bothered unless I am a serious candidate, which he won't know until after an interview or two. I think he wants the contact info for his own purposes.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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I wouldn't. I don't want my references bothered unless I am a serious candidate, which he won't know until after an interview or two. I think he wants the contact info for his own purposes.
I totally agree...I think the guy at this agency that is contacting me is some kind of rookie that doesn't know how it's supposed to work. He sounds very young on the phone. I wish I could find someone else to contact at the agency but you know how that goes you're sort of stuck dealing with whoever responds to your resume.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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This isn't really standard in my opinion...I'm also not familiar with the agency it's not one of the big ones. They do post some things I'm interested in and he says he is open to having an interview with me. What should I do? Some of these agencies are starting to get a little shady imo it seems like there is a new one popping up every other day.
be polite but simply tell him you are happy to supply your list of references, both professional and personal, at the time of your interview. If he is going to be a moron it's better for you to know now.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: California
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If he is going to farm your references, he is going to do it now or later. So, I would say no and see what he says. If he is put off or insistent, just say no and hang up
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:28 PM
 
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I would tell him you'll be happy to provide those in a face-to-face meeting. Otherwise...find your own clients!
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Guy at agency wants to see my references via email before he meets with me
This isn't really standard in my opinion...I'm also not familiar with the agency it's not one of the big ones. They do post some things I'm interested in and he says he is open to having an interview with me. What should I do? Some of these agencies are starting to get a little shady imo it seems like there is a new one popping up every other day.
Just call him back and voice your concerns.

I do have to say the word "standard" is very subjective term. Just because it is not typical for the job hiring industry to ask for reference before an interview, it does not mean they are obliged to follow this standard. Think about it from the agency's point of view: it's an employer market with millions of people trying to apply for a job. There is always a percentage of job seekers who will lie on their resume, ace the interview, get the job only to find out later they cannot do the job that is required. Looks bad for the agency. Asking for reference perhaps is a away for the agency to find out before hand if you are qualified for the position.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:53 PM
 
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I wouldn't. I don't want my references bothered unless I am a serious candidate, which he won't know until after an interview or two. I think he wants the contact info for his own purposes.
That's how I do it too. They always want a phone number for references, not just an email, and I don't like giving out my references' numbers to someone trying to screen me that way.

This guy could be wanting her references as a source of other qualified people to contract...
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:54 PM
 
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Just call him back and voice your concerns.

I do have to say the word "standard" is very subjective term. Just because it is not typical for the job hiring industry to ask for reference before an interview, it does not mean they are obliged to follow this standard. Think about it from the agency's point of view: it's an employer market with millions of people trying to apply for a job. There is always a percentage of job seekers who will lie on their resume, ace the interview, get the job only to find out later they cannot do the job that is required. Looks bad for the agency. Asking for reference perhaps is a away for the agency to find out before hand if you are qualified for the position.

That's what a resume is for...

References are always going to be someone who says something good about you, and frankly, they just want to make sure a prospect is a good person to go on with.
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