Screwed

By prince232 - 04/05/2016 04:34 - Australia - Sydney

Today, after having a second interview with a club I want to work for, the interviewer ignored my work references. Instead, he told me he was going to call the only manager I never got along with, for reference in a job I left 5 years ago, because he knows her personally. FML
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If you have enough other work experience, that was long enough ago that you probably didn't need to include it. When applying for teaching jobs I only include the most relevant and helpful work experience in my resume.

That manager shouldn't even do that. Since you didn't get along with your old one, bias would get in the way. Your 'new' boss really needs to rethink his motives...

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That manager shouldn't even do that. Since you didn't get along with your old one, bias would get in the way. Your 'new' boss really needs to rethink his motives...

Now is the time to call her first and bury the hatchet. Then really hope she's not a vindictive person.

If you have enough other work experience, that was long enough ago that you probably didn't need to include it. When applying for teaching jobs I only include the most relevant and helpful work experience in my resume.

It sounds like OP didn't include that manager. I think he saw it in his biography (or CV. Sorry I'm not sure how americans or other english speakung countries call it.) and then realised that he knew that manager and therefore wnated to call her. In this case OP wouldn't be to blame for this at all.

I'll assume you mean a background check.

If I didn't include that job I probably wouldn't have gotten an interview. It was the only relevant work experience on my resume.

I which case, although I feel sorry for you, I can't really blame your interviewer for ignoring all your other references to call the only person who managed you in a job which had relevant experience. Especially if the interviewer actually knows them personally. It's bad luck on your part, but I think most people would do the same thing in their position.

To be fair, he can talk to your previous employers, you should have known that beforehand, and he trusts that previous manager to tell the truth. Seems like you might be hiding something, like actually not getting along with all those other bosses.

The first half is correct. But there is no reason to assume OP is lying about anything. Maybe they simply didn't get on with that particular manager.

Wow. I can't say I would want to work for that company if I was you - if that's going to be your future boss, you're going to be into a world of shitty times if your old boss talks smack about you.

What might help would be to call your old manager and gently give him a heads up that he will be rang up for a reference. People rarely hold a grudge for that long, and even if they do, they will feel uncomfortable messing up your chances for a new job - after all, if you don't work there anymore, you are no longer a threat or a nuisance to them, so why bother.

Yeah, this happens all the time. Anytime we hire someone, if I know someone who they have worked with I will contact that person. Especially if they aren't listed as a reference. It's part of getting the whole picture. Of course I would also talk to your references.

Knowing this is how he operates, do you still want to work for him?

He's only doing that because I'll basically be doing the same duties I was doing at that old job so yes if somehow I get the job I will work there.

In that case, I hope it works out for you! Maybe the old manager will have mellowed over time and be professional?

I agree..why include a reference from so long ago, especially one in where it didn't work out if you have other more reputable references?

I don't think OP did include them as a reference. It sounds more like the job was included in their previous work history as it is relevant to the position they are currently applying for. When I apply for a new job, I will list all previous employment but only provide references for the most recent two.

I didn't include her in my reference. I just included the work experience on my resume and I had to because it's the same industry and the only job experience that was relevant if I was to the new job.

Ahh, makes sense now.