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167 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by falconwing

Should an employer ask for personal references?
Have you ever received a call for one? Or do you think it`s for show?

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12 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/10/07 - 9:39:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've always wondered why they did that, it's pretty pointless seeing as they don't even check to see who these people are or what they have to say about you.
12 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/10/07 - 11:19:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
My boss did once. I think in general employers d avoid giving giving negative references for fear of lawsuits.
12 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/10/07 - 11:33:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've never really understood the point either - obviously nobody is going to put down someone that would say bad things about them, and a business aquaintance would better be able to talk to a potential employer about how you are at work. A personal reference probably won't know those things, they'll just say how nice the person is, maybe add in how punctual or something.
12 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/11/07 - 12:44:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think they should. Only professional references.

I've never recieved a call, maybe people don't trust what I'll say.

12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/18/08 - 4:33:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, and I have never been asked for them either.
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/22/08 - 12:39:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see how it hurts. I think in certain jobs like babysitting, personal references can be helpful.

Also, I've been surprised by people who can't think of anyone they know will say something nice and just choose anyone.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 6/14/08 - 8:51:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
sure, why the hell not?

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