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No reference to provide to interviewer - what to do?

  • 03-10-2022 9:57am
    Registered Users Posts: 31


    I'm interviewing for a job and they asked me for two references. This isn't my first job, I previously worked in a firm but they don't provide references. My relationship with my previous employer is neither good or bad. He just don't want to go through the hassle.

    In this situation, I can't provide reference from previous employer. This is going to be my second job.

    Anyone got any advice?

    thanks in advance


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,013 ✭✭✭Former Former Former

    1. Contact your prospective new employer - explain the situation.
    2. Ask your previous employer if he can at least send an email that says "yes X982021 worked for me from January 2021 to August 2022".
    3. Failing that, is there any other supervisor or manager in the previous job you can ask?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,590 ✭✭✭AngryLips

    Whenever you're asking a previous line manager for a reference you might get the line that the company doesn't provide references. But there's nothing stopping your previous manager providing a personal reference of their experience working with you. If your ex manager won't do it, then any ex-colleague that you have a good relationship with should be willing to do it, and it is best to pick someone with seniority or who you had a deliverable for.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,441 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    There is no reason to supply references before being offered a position a part for make it easy on HR administration and you are just at the interview stage. I have always refused to do so and I never got a kick back. I just replied: Sorry it is not my policy to supply references until a mutual interest has been established as I wish to protect my references from unwanted solicitation.

    How to deal with it afterwards:

    If it is just a case that you previous employer does not want the hassle of drafting the reference, then draft it yourself and let him print it on headed paper and sign it.

    If you can't get official references, then use personal references from people who worked with you. These are probably easy to get provided it you make it easy for the person you are asking, by having it already drafted and printed on blank white paper (not company, as it is personal reference).

    Before discussing it with your future employer I'd make sure you have two personal references ready and waiting to hand over.