“The CoWorker Who Has to Ask Your Former Boss If She Can Use His Name As A Reference.”
I am positively slayed — as an infamous cartoon asthma chihuahua said to an infamous pudgy cartoon cat back in the early Nineties, “The vastness of your stupidity never ceases to amaze me.”
I had a job interview this morning. They requested 3 references, yes — this before they even met me.
I gave them 5 for good measure.
At the end of the interview, they asked for a couple more — and wanted names from the company I worked for 4 years ago.
Here is the content of the call, after I said who I was.
Me: I was wondering if it would be okay to use you as a reference.
Him: Did you clear this with Miss X? [the company owner]
Me: (taken aback and wondering what his game was): I don’t believe that’s necessary to do.
Him: I don’t do things like these. I will have to ask her if this is okay and I will call you back tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the company is waiting on the names….and this guy is acting like he’s in 4th grade and has to get permission from mom so that he can go on the science class camping trip. Man.
And wow, you can’t call me and let me know if you asked her or if the asking is pending… yeah, go leave somebody hanging in the lurch.
I bounced this situation off several other people; somebody told me that there is indeed a rule with many companies that no references from the company are given to fomer or current employees. It’s another nanny-everybody legal thing; they won’t even speak to a prospective employer who calls, asking for the verification of Employee X’s employment status.
I was sick to my stomach calling this company — and now I’m sicker to my stomach than that right now. I am slayed indeed and I still cannot believe what no class and uncouthness exists in this company, along with the vastness of stupidity. Not to mention the dire and complete amount of domination and control that this owner still has on her employees.