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Old 07.05.2010, 11:44
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Re: Potential employer demanding a reference from current employer

If you are going through an agency, then on no account give them reference details (especially of current employer) until you've been given a firm offer, in writing. It is not unknown (i.e. it is very common), to use the reference information to call up the referee and try to place candidates with them.

Agencies will tell you it's their policy, that the clients demand it, that no-one else has question this. It simply isn't true. The more they insist, the less likely that there is a real job behind it. If they think they can make money by placing you, they won't demand references up front.

If an agency isn't involved, then it's more likely to be genuine. However, I would still not give details without a firm written job offer.
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