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My Reference Wants My Job!

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Dear Experts,

My reference wants my job! I just interviewed for a job and I really want it.

I called my reference from my former employer to let him know they would be calling. When I explained the job, he said, “Geez. I want that job. I’m even more qualified for it than you are.” Now, he said it in a joking manner, but I know he isn’t joking because he’s been actively looking for a job. I”m afraid if they call him he might get an interview and push me out of the running.

Should I call the company and give them a different reference?

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#273 Cd add other ref; deleting him is red flag. If he’s so unprof’l, gd 2 know 4 future. Believe in urself. (@juliaerickson)

Q#273 I’m w/ @beneubanks Don’t pick person who could steal job as reference. It’s shameless, but can happen. (@jtodonnell)

Q#273 If U knew he was looking, & he’s in your field, then why wld U let him be a reference? Learn from this! (@beneubanks)

Q#273 If you haven’t already given references, don’t include him/her. But if you have, don’t switch. It will look suspicious. (@gradversity)

Q#273 It will look strange if u change refs. in the middle. Unlikely he will surface as a candidate during that process. (@DebraWheatman)

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