How should I ask in an interview whether a company has a ‘No-Reference’ policy?

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Question: “Is it appropriate to ask during an interview what the company policy is regarding giving references? I worked for a company for two years, and then decided to move on. It was then that I learned about the company’s strict “no-reference” policy. It was not mentioned in the employee manual. Now I have a gap in my references that looks bad through no fault of my own.” — Donna Byerly


A company does not have to give a written reference. However, a company is required to at least let other employers know, if they inquire your beginning and ending hire dates and if you are you are re-hirable. Not all businesses give reference letters, so I guess I don't see where the problem is. You list the information on your resume or company application you are applying for and the company that is considering you will normally call the previous employers for informati...(register to read more)

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Mike May 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Yeah but the stupid thing is all those companies with “no reference” policies, will also refuse to hire someone who doesn’t have positive references from their previous employer ! What a load of BS.


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