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Re: Laws for reference calls

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The reference letters are "coded" as they cannot be negative. There are "decoders" online ...
This would be the secret code the just about everyone and their mother knows about, a well kept secret!

After thirty years here, I can say it is myth. Employees won't accept references that might even hint to a code, HR is never sure if a reference is in code or perhaps it's not, then again it might be.....

Every employer knows that nobody is going to give you a bad reference and in any case it's easy to kick you out if it does not work out. So they just go through the motions.

During my working life I held 9 positions many at well known Swiss companies and I never provided a reference to any of them. When ask I just replied "Sorry, it is not my policy to provide references." and nobody ever pushed back.

But Switzerland is a small country where everyone knows everyone and the real references happens in the background. Countless times I've been called by agencies and employers asking me to give opinions on people I worked with in the past.
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