May I Contact Your Current Employer for a Reference? |

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I always find it stunning to hear that firms asked this question. I would be shocked that the hiring manager ever allowed a firm they interviewed with the do it, but they ask you if they can do it. Here is how to answer this question.

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3 thoughts on “May I Contact Your Current Employer for a Reference? |”

  1. Hi Jeff,

    In case they're gonna give me an offer after the reference checks are done.

    Should I ask my current boss to be my referee? I don't feel comfortable doing that, it's quite awkward.

    Is it ok to provide referees that none of them is my current boss?


  2. Hi Jeff,

    What if this question is on a paper application? I ended my first job yesterday it was a temporary position…but had a coworker whole time trying to create problems for me had 3 directors one of which gave me one of her personal professional connections to continue my path so think did my job otherwise why would she offer that? Think my coworker ruined chances of my getting called back next summer there though which sucks. Does this question even apply to me considering job ended?

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