Did I get the job if they called my references?
If an employer is checking references, it is a good indication that they are getting serious (and very close) to making you an offer on the job you’ve applied and interviewed for. Do not assume, however, that you have the job in the bag just because an employer is checking references.
What do you do if you don’t have references?
You can also try getting in touch with former colleagues who are no longer at the company you worked at together. If that’s the case, then the ban on serving as references probably won’t apply. If you’re a little more desperate, you might ask your landlord, roommate, or longtime friend to jump in and help.
What happens if you give a false reference?
Fake references are illegal – if you’re caught. Directly lying is incredibly unethical, and if caught, you could be fired or face legal trouble. Companies rarely sue for lying, but the people you named on your reference list have every right to.
How do you avoid a bad reference?
Here are five ways to overcome these bad references.Find a job in the bad manager’s network. Most horrible bosses are well known by other people to be horrible bosses. Hire a reference checking firm and then send a cease-and-desist letter. Admit your faults first. Overcome your own faults. Provide alternate references.