quick quesion: do recruiters ever ask for contact info for your manager? Like, do they ever try/want to call your previous manager to see how you were as an employee?
<p>I have had times where people asked for my References, but it doesn't happen every time. I have never actually had an employer call the people on my reference list, but personally I feel that the employer was just testing me to see how prepared I was.</p>
<p>For those of you that don't know, but it is highly recommended that when you speak with employers that you have a list of references (3 to 5 people) with important information (name, job title, address, phone #) that the employer can contact. People on the list can include previous bosses, family friends, etc... You want people that can speak highly of you to make you look good for that employer (some will even exaggerate a little to make you look good...) Don not lie about these people, and make sure that you contact the references before you add them to your list. You want to make sure that they are prepared to speak on your behalf and not surprised by some random phone call.</p>
<p>As for on the spot, if you are unsure of how you did at the last job, you could say that my previous employer does not want to be contacted. Then you can say "however I do have a list of references (hand list) of people that you could contact to discuss my skills and qualities as a person and worker..." That would look a lot better than saying "no, you can not call my previous manager"</p>
<p>Hope this helps</p>