Make sure the reference you provide is expecting a call.

  1. When providing references please make sure they are ready to talk about you. It looks really bad when their first response is, "Who?" You may also want to make sure that your references are available, not out of town or otherwise unreachable.

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  3. by   Nascar nurse
    Even more important....make sure they will say good things about you! It's unbelievable the number of references that tell me NOT to hire the applicant!
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    When I managed an apartment complex back in a previous life, a tenant I'd evicted for non-payment of rent (among other offenses) actually had another apartment manager call me for a reference! I couldn't believe it---this woman had trashed her unit, left a bunch of rotting food in the fridge, and let her teenager 'tag' the fence behind the apartment. She also left a scrapped car in the tenant parking area and refused to move it when she left.

    Well, you can bet your bottom dollar that I gave him a string of reasons why no one with even an ounce of interest in their property would rent it to her......luckily there were no rules at the time saying that I couldn't do that.
  5. by   blackvans1234
    An acquaintance I went to high school with, Andy, once used me as a reference for those stupid pyramid scheme (you pay 100 bucks for our knives then go around trying to con other people into it / buying the knives). Since we were only acquaintances, I didn't know his last name, AND I didn't know his name was Andrew!
    They called me and I was like ''who? Sorry never heard of them"

    Then they tried to convince me to sell their Knives.
    No thanks!
  6. by   GitanoRN
    Needless to say, this reminds me of several incidents that I encountered with the nursing staff that I managed and had to let go on my previous facility. Having said that, one in particular comes to mind a nurse on the 7-3pm shift no matter how many times I had a chat with her regarding coming to work on time, she would always walked in around 9:am or 9:30am. However, she would leave on time. Therefore, I change her shift to accommodate her schedule, since she was a single mother of 3, but she still manage to come in late after that. Then she began to miss work all together, so I had to let her go. Consequently, a month later she gave my name as a reference to a clinic nearby that was hiring
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Even better is calling reference and phone number is disconnected.
  8. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I got a call from another DNS asking for a reference on someone who had worked for me. I didn't mean to but when she said I was given as a reference I burst out laughing and said "You're joking, right?!?". It was a very small area and all the directors were very honest with each other off the record about applicants.
  9. by   amygarside
    helping a friend on 2nd grade motivated her in becoming a nurse..hehe nice!