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Old 12-21-2013, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by MJ7 View Post
its wise to ask your new employer about your references, and what they say about you when they call. they will usually tell you the truth, after all they did hire you. the only reason to feel that you were not hired because of references is to get all that way in the hiring process and then boom, they no longer want to hire you. that would be a red flag...it would be wise to talk to your references and make sure they are giving a great interpretation of your work ethic, moxie and personality.
Hmm good idea, never thought to do that. While I was applying for jobs I was always worried that my references or past employers would unintentionally say one wrong word/sentence that could ruin my chances.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:53 PM
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I was quite surprised to learn what one of my references had said about me to my current manager when she was considering which of her top two candidates she'd make the offer to.

She asked all the usual questions and got reasonable answers, though nothing memorable. Then she asked the common final question, "Is there anything else you can tell me about Midwestern that would be relevant to a hiring decision?"

My reference replied, "oh, yes, she bakes really, really good cookies, and she takes them in to share with her work colleagues whenever she bakes."

That was over two years ago, and my boss STILL comments on that reference, saying that she had never before or since been told ANYTHING like that by anyone's reference she ever contacted. And in a situation where the hiring manager has two strong candidates, any little tiny thing like that can tilt the balance in favor of one person over the other.

So choose your references wisely. And it just might help if you bake them some cookies.
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