when you apply for a job do they tell your references that you applied for the specific job you applied for?

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  • when you apply for a job do they tell your references that you applied for the specific job you applied for?


Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 05:41
Well I'm sure your boss can put 2 + 2 together, that you applied for any job. If I call a person who an applicant has mentioned as a reference, I normally state the reason why I'm calling. I think anyone would. Imagine how the conversation would go if I phoned a reference and just started asking questions. Normally the interviewer will contact the reference, state why they are calling, and inquire if he/she may ask a few questions about you.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 05:44
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Usually the reference checker will give the reference a general idea of the job. That way, the reference can address the specific skills the new employer is looking for. Or the reference check might simply ask relevant questions: "How does Lucy interact with customers?" How does Lucy handle herself on the phone?" That sort of thing. They'd tell your current boss because you say you used her as a reference. Often, applicants don't want their bosses to find out they're looking around. In that case, the applicants don't put their bosses down as references. It's also acceptable--in those cases--for the applicant to request that the new employer not contact the current boss in order to keep the job search confidential. Hope that helps.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 07:24
In most instances, yes.
Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 07:33
If you are worried your current boss will find out you are trying to leave, you should be because they will find out. If you don't want your current boss to know you are looking, you should not use them as a reference. You can put a note in your resume asking that your reference only be contacted in the event of a job offer. Hiring managers tend to understand this situation, they know how people shop around.
Answer #5 | 23/12 2013 10:40
Sometimes they mention it and sometimes they don't. Either way you have to consider that the reason for the phone call is you and your work ethic and professional behavior. It's like any phone conversation, depending on the subject things may or may not be discussed.

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