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Old 07-25-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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Simply tell them you dont have 20 as some would be from your current employer and you are not ready to risk your current position until you have an offer. Explain that you have 5 great references and leave it like that. if they want you bad enough they will overllok it. This also doesnt burn any bridges and keeps things open.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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If you are sure it is not a scam give them 5 references and if they aren't happy good luck to them finding someone to put up that.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:20 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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So, I just interviewed for a job, and is in final stages. I met with co-workers, HR, and the hiring manager likes me. (I don't know if they're evaluating other candidates, but I am definitely in the mix for considerations.) I think there will be one more round of meeting the owner.

But, at this point, they are asking for references. I prepared references, but they asked for 15-20. I didn't prepare 15-20 references, more like 5.

I'm on the fence on this opportunity. I think the work is interesting, but I think there are some downside on commute and work/life balance.

So, while I'm interested in moving along the conversation to see where it goes, I don't know if I can find 15 people to vouch for me (I have been in my company actually for a while and don't want to rock the boat till I actually landed somewhere. And they were clear that they want professional references, so family members are out.

What are your thoughts? I find 20 references to be excessive. Since I'm on the fence, should I pass and not hassle my contacts?

Any advice welcomed


I think I would respond with..........."Thank you for the interview invite but I don't think this job is a good match for someone with my skills and experience"


And then walk out the door shaking my head at such a odd number of reference requests
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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I think I would respond with..........."Thank you for the interview invite but I don't think this job is a good match for someone with my skills and experience"


And then walk out the door shaking my head at such a odd number of reference requests
Hey good answer maybe you really are an employment counselor
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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Pretty sure this "job" is going to be part of a pyramid scheme. They want to see how effective you would be at spreading the word. I'd walk out and never look back.

On a side note: I can provide about 8 to 10 professional references. I usually ask the interviewer what positions in my history or particular skills they would be most interested in so that I can offer the most relevant references.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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Okay - so I talked to them again - I am still entertained by the whole idea, so haven't decided to say no yet.

So, I was frank with them on that request is kinda crazy - and I got the back story...

Apparently, the last person they hired, they were in a rush to hire. And they didn't think that s/he worked out at all. They think it's because they didn't do the proper background check. And that's why they are now going almost overboard this time around to compensate...

So, pass the sniff test?
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Okay - so I talked to them again - I am still entertained by the whole idea, so haven't decided to say no yet.

So, I was frank with them on that request is kinda crazy - and I got the back story...

Apparently, the last person they hired, they were in a rush to hire. And they didn't think that s/he worked out at all. They think it's because they didn't do the proper background check. And that's why they are now going almost overboard this time around to compensate...

So, pass the sniff test?
I don't know. That says something about them and their org. can't make good decisions. I would offer them 5 and explain nicely industry standard is 3.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:35 PM
 
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I have never ever heard of that many references being asked for. That seems nuts.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: PHL
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Honestly the company sounds extremely fishy, go on glassdoor and do other research on this company to find out what their true purpose it. IT sounds like a MLM or some scam venture. I will not provide 20 references, I do not even know 20 people all that well to even ask them to be a reference or I could just have fake names and numbers. It would be nice if you posted some details of this company on here as it sounds like a scam to me.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Okay - so I talked to them again - I am still entertained by the whole idea, so haven't decided to say no yet.

So, I was frank with them on that request is kinda crazy - and I got the back story...

Apparently, the last person they hired, they were in a rush to hire. And they didn't think that s/he worked out at all. They think it's because they didn't do the proper background check. And that's why they are now going almost overboard this time around to compensate...

So, pass the sniff test?
No.


Its either a scam, or they're crazy or clueless. I've been in my field 28 years and could not come close to providing that many references. That's not even touching on the fact that most companies today don't allow their employees to give references anyway. Give them 5 if you can. But watch for any other red flags before you go to work there. Family owned companies scare me, so this would already be strike 2 in my book.
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