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Re: Do companies ask for references to call?

Just to know cause some discussions are really interested...And what happened with the references when someone is already in a job and is looking for another better job opportunity for his career?
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Re: Do companies ask for references to call?

On reflection, I personally prefer the email option as I would rather avoid an awkward phone conversation. It would also put the other person on the spot.
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See, now I'd do it by email (or I've done it by SMS before now) because it doesn't disturb them at that moment, and it doesn't make them feel under pressure to answer right away.
Breezy sounded like it was someone a bit more remote. If you're on hugging terms with your potential referees, I dont disagree.

Actually I always list my Mum as a referee, cause she says nice stuff about me always!
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On reflection, I personally prefer the email option as I would rather avoid an awkward phone conversation. It would also put the other person on the spot.
Horses for courses. You must of course do what feels right for you.
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Breezy sounded like it was someone a bit more remote. If you're on hugging terms with your potential referees, I dont disagree.
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Horses for courses. You must of course do what feels right for you.
Indeed. Just sent two emails off... both of them attended my wedding and I attended one of theirs. Hoping for a positive response now..


The one to my previous boss was reasonably formal. The other one started, oi mush...

Update ...already had positive responses to both my requests for positive references... phew

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A friend of mine was applying for a project manager job in a Swiss company. The first interview went great. When they called him for a second interview, they asked him to give them two references that they can call "to find out about his work and working together with him".

Is this normal? It just sounded weird to me that they would ask for references to call, because this guy graduated from one of the top 5 universities in the US, has almost 20 years of experience in his area of work in multinational companies in the US and Europe and has excellent written references.

Is this normal or is this a swiss thing or...?
I can appreciate that you are surprised by the question, but honestly, in my opinion this is a no brainer. 20 years experience, top 5 university? Your friend should have a very strong network and it should be no problem to call on some people.

In my opinion this is a fairly standard international practice and completely acceptable --a little strange and unique but completely acceptable.
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