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What do employers ask referees (former employers)? watch

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    Short: What kind of questions do interviewers/bosses ask an interviewee's references?

    Long: Not sure if anyone here will know, but worth a shot. Not sure if this is the right place to ask either, but life - relationships was closest.

    I've been unemployed (bar a couple of temporary two-week jobs/work experience) for a long time. Recently, I've had two very good interviews (one of them even asked me in on the day of the interviews because they received my CV that morning and were so "impressed").

    Despite the unawkward atmosphere, saying the right things naturally, getting 100% on a numeracy test, I'm still unemployed. The one who asked in super-short notice because of my CV simply said it was because "the others were more suitable". ****.

    The other interviewer hasn't replied to my feedback request yet.

    Of course, it could just be I was up against people who did just as well as me but had years more experience or a degree or something, but I've been unemployed for a few years and I'm getting a niggling worry that I'm getting a bad reference from my former employer, from when I was 16-18 and always coming in late because they didn't do anything about it and didn't work either. Laziness breeds laziness, eh?

    Luckily I have just got a xmas job for a few days so I could ask them for a reference, giving me two surely good references. However, I still have to know about my possibly bad one and whether I have to go slap a ***** (in my head). This is £36,000 in wages and 3 years of education we're talking about here.

    So it's time for acting skills and to pretend I'm an employer, and to hear what is said about the young fellow Mr. Nonotrly I inteviewed yesterday.

    Anyone have any idea how that conversation goes? I figure I ask how Mr. Nonotrly was, whether there were any disciplinaries, how the attendance was, dates of work...

    (Original post by nonotrly)
    Short: Anyone have any idea how that conversation goes? I figure I ask how Mr. Nonotrly was, whether there were any disciplinaries, how the attendance was, dates of work...
    They can ask anything. You need to look into what the law allows in your country. In the US they can tell date of hire, date of termination and not much else. That does not prevent potential employers from asking anything they have an interest in.

    If the HR reps between the two companies know one another, far more is often divulged but never recorded for legal reasons. If the two companies are in the same city the HR reps probably know each other as they usually have scheduled HR luncheons etc. each month.
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