May We Contact Your Previous Employer for a Reference?

Would you hire someone who’s prior boss wouldn’t vouch for them? With all this hubbub surrounding Joe Biden and Ukraine, I wonder…where is Obama? How comes Joe’s former boss doesn’t simply come out and clear the air?

Why hasn’t Obama vouched for Biden yet? Maybe, Obama is helping Biden…by staying away, not being available for questions. 😉

Who knows, but would you hire a person who’s last boss wouldn’t vouch for their former employee, whether that be their character or their work ethic?


33 thoughts on “May We Contact Your Previous Employer for a Reference?

  1. Well, first I would ask for details – such as why they wouldn’t vouch for them, why they weren’t satisfied with their work/character because I wouldn’t want to hire a jerk.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Ha, I actually think that it is illegal for a former employer to disclose anything negative about their former employee. All they are allowed to say, is whether or not they would recommend their former employee.

      That is, it is also illegal to ask a person about their kids as well or plans to have kids.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Because at the of the day and employer is looking for someone that will be at work with minimal distractions. And on the flip side, parents and mothers need to work. It’s a tricky situation with not a real clear right answer.

    2. bottomlesscoffee007

      But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, rather the opposite is more prevalent than an actual legal hiring process.

  2. I think this is absolutely ridiculous (like most other aspects of a job application). You can be the best of employees, but the ex-boss is bitter about you leaving, so they throw you under the bus. Or, you’re still working and secretly looking for a new place and then your cover is blown.

  3. That’s why employers like personal references! If when in HR I’ve been contacted for reference we usually only confirm dates of employment. Some companies won’t even disclose if someone left voluntarily or was terminated. The risk of being sued is just too great. The most an employer can do is refuse to give a reference which speaks volumes.
    Obama has refused to endorse Biden, now this. His silence is utterly damning.

          1. Doesn’t the electoral college take care of that?
            I would say the Vice reports to the Pres, but I wouldn’t call him his employer. More like his supervisor. The Vice President works for you, the people.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              Nope, the electoral college has nothing to do with the vice. The Vice President gig is really about being an errand boy for the president. Unless the president dies and in that case, the vice takes over the job.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Exactly Victoria. How can trust any information if you don’t know where it is coming from, who it is coming from and how it was tabulated?

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