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Old 07-13-2013, 12:36 AM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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Do companies always check your references?

One Skype interview was on Tuesday, they said they'd make a decision by the end of the week. OMG. I just realized I never sent a thank you note.

My big interview was on Wednesday. They told me I'd hear from the later this week. I haven't heard from them, but I'm not worried. I figured, that only really gave them two days to let all 6 people talk to one another or at least HR (I left the company at 5pm, so closing time).

I talked with a couple of people today, who are my references. They haven't heard anything from anyone. I'm trying not to worry, but reality is, I am, LOL.

A couple of people I know who are in the hiring process (but not HR), stated they don't ask to check references unless they're not sure about the person. Not sure if HR follows up anyways, but figured I'd ask here since there are some hiring managers on the board.

Do companies ask you if it's okay to contact your references?

When I was trying to find out the first answer via search, I saw that a lot of people would say that the company would ask them if it's okay to contact their references. I don't think I ever had anyone ask. After my first phone interview (prior to "big interview"), when HR really liked me, she told me to go apply online now that the job was posted. I figured, since she was very interested, I included my references at the time (via Taleo).

Thanks.
awaiting a call with an offer....while I pack
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:16 AM
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Provision of references to a prospective employer effectively constitutes permission to contact them. Otherwise, you could just put anyone down on the list just to make it seem like you're reputable even though you're not.

The need for permission is on your part: You need to secure permission from the people you list as references, getting them to agree to be contacted by your prospective employers.

My spouse recently got a new job. Yes, the references were contacted.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:32 AM
 
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Some companies do, some don't. The ones that do tend to do so at different points in the process, so there's no one answer. While its certainly a positive sign that your references are being called, unless you know this particular company always checks them at this stage, you shouldn't use this as the barometer of your chances. If several more business days go by and you still hear nothing, a follow up call may be in order.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:56 AM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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Provision of references to a prospective employer effectively constitutes permission to contact them. Otherwise, you could just put anyone down on the list just to make it seem like you're reputable even though you're not.
Thanks.

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The need for permission is on your part: You need to secure permission from the people you list as references, getting them to agree to be contacted by your prospective employers.
You would think that's a given. But I saw a lot of posts stating the the prospective employer was asking the interviewee if they could contact their references. I thought it was strange. I figured if the prospective employer already had a list of your references, you were already stating that it's fine for them to contact these people and these people know you may call.

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My spouse recently got a new job. Yes, the references were contacted.
Thanks.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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Some companies do, some don't. The ones that do tend to do so at different points in the process, so there's no one answer. While its certainly a positive sign that your references are being called, unless you know this particular company always checks them at this stage, you shouldn't use this as the barometer of your chances. If several more business days go by and you still hear nothing, a follow up call may be in order.
I figured I'd give them until next Thursday. If I don't hear from them by then, I'll shoot them an email. After that, I'll be moving so it won't be on my mind at all.

And thanks. I was hoping that maybe someone could say, most companies do, but some don't. That tells me a bit more of what to expect. Would you say larger companies do? This company employees ~13k people nationwide.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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Agreed.

Once you provide a reference, a potential employer may or may not contact them, but you have agreed to allow these potential references to be contacted.

I always contact my references to secure permission from them, before I use their names.

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Provision of references to a prospective employer effectively constitutes permission to contact them. Otherwise, you could just put anyone down on the list just to make it seem like you're reputable even though you're not.

The need for permission is on your part: You need to secure permission from the people you list as references, getting them to agree to be contacted by your prospective employers.

My spouse recently got a new job. Yes, the references were contacted.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:11 PM
 
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Employers will check references that you provide and ones that you dont. Unofficial references should be more of a concern.
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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On a lot of applications, it gives them permission to check with just about anyone that they want. Also, with references, perhaps not everyone would admit that they were called depending on what they might have said when asked specific questions.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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Like others have said, the submission of resumes is defacto permission to contact them. However, with past or current employers they usualy ask if it's ok to contact, even having a box to check on many applications. Also, more and more companies are using outsourced companys to do the screens and they provide a very objective evaluation. I have even seen some that do the reference checks solely by email survey.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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Do companies always check your references?
My dad owns a law firm and he never checks references when he hires people. He said he just doesn't have the time. If the person work out, great, and if not, bye bye. He said that is all that really matters to him, that the person can do the job, and that can be determined within a few weeks.
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