TODAY | March 24, 2014
>>> and the employer wants to check your references. you're thinking, i'm as good as hired, right? well, a new survey says maybe not. guess what, 62% of employers reported receiving negative reviews of a job candidate, 69% changed their mind about a potential hire after speaking with a reference. let's pause right here. have you given bad job references before?
>> i have.
>> you have?
>> now that i think about it, i have.
>> honest. just honest. and i knew that the person that used me as a reference and asked me and i said, yes, you can. and when i spoke with the potential new employer, i was honest. and it wasn't a great review. i felt like i was on the hook.
>> and it starts early. when someone picks up the phone to ask you to be a reference, it's very hard to say no.
>> you should, though. if you're going to give them a bad reference, you should say, i'm going to be honest with you, here are the things you should have worked on and this is what i will say. so they're not blind sided.
>> no comment, by the way, is just as bad. a employer says would you like to give a p reference, no, i'd prefer not.
>> a bad connection.
>> good luck with that.
>> how do you avoid it?
>> i always say, you know, i didn't work that closely with this person. that's the diplomatic way of not slamming them.
>> should you ask the person you're going to ask for the reference? should you tell them you listed them as a reference?
>> yeah. you have to call and say i want to put you on the list.
>> oh, you have to. and also, you should ask the person, are you comfortable giving me a recommendation? that's one of the recommendations.
>> people who might give you a favorable recommendation. in my case, the guy probably knew.
>> like family members.