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    When you apply for jobs, how common is it that new employers ask for references before your interview?
    And how have other people gone about it at work, especially if they didnt get the job.
    I think that a job ive got an interview for on saturday may have asked my current employer for a reference (not 100% sure).
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    I thought they weren't allowed to ask for references unless you had been made an offer ??
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    When you apply for jobs, how common is it that new employers ask for references before your interview?
    And how have other people gone about it at work, especially if they didnt get the job.
    I think that a job ive got an interview for on saturday may have asked my current employer for a reference (not 100% sure).
    It's uncommon unless you are applying for a job that has very tight recruiting requirements like education or health care. If it something like retail or straightforward office work then you need have no fear of making a very clear note that your current employer should not be contacted unless you are being made an offer. Everyone understands why this is. However you should make sure that your other referee can be contacted if at all possible.


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