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Current employer as reference

  • 08-09-2021 6:40am
    Registered Users Posts: 3,702 ✭✭✭

    I'm applying for a new job, and one of the referees 'should be your current employer'.

    Is this normal? I don't mind my current job so if I am unsuccessful in my application I'd rather my current employer wasn't made aware of my application.

    Or do they only contact when your successful?



    Post edited by Joeseph Balls on


  • Registered Users Posts: 169 ✭✭play4fun1

    from my own experience, on one occasion recruiter asked if it was fine with me, if she contacted my current manager - don't recall if it was pre/post interview

    ,On another - it was after I was hired, part of background check/verifications

  • Registered Users Posts: 79,150 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Generally your current employer will not give a career reference as it leaves then open to all sorts of legal stuff if you turn out not as described or if they say you are a lunatic you could sue then for defamation. The HR dept will say you worked in the company from x date to y date, that's likely to be it. Some colleagues in your current employer could give a reference in a personal capacity instead if that's what they want.

    They won't go in to the reference phase until you are pretty much getting the job.