Is it normal for potential employer to ask for a reference when they send a written offer?

Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at



Yes, mine asked for a reference before sending the official offer.


It isn't unusual. Two of the five companies where I've worked asked for references as a condition of employment.



Yes it's common.They want to validate your resume and experience.

Related Posts

I've done nonprofit lawyering for 10 years but really want to switch over to entertainment, IP, and copyright work.

How do you start under those circumstances?

Has anyone here been through the process of creating a program to handle big data from nothing? Software clients big data. If willing to chat that would be wonderful


Hi fishes,got offer of 14.5 fixed in Ey gds for scon 2 position in sap consulting at 8 years of experience.
What is the salary range for scon 2 in Ey gds ?


Would it be more fun to work on beer or video games? Two fun creative job offers, but still can't decide.


Any PwC CMAAS managers here who would like to connect to discuss few questions?


Hi Everyone,

One question, what will be the CTC to expect for an Automation Test Engineer....I got selected for HCL Technologies with Microsoft as a client...

Plzzz let me know the what I can expect or ask with 2 YOE in dame domain from HCL and till what they can exceed......


Just found out someone who I considered a good friend is in the next county over illegally getting her hair done. I’m fuming but do I start a fight with her or just ghost her out of my life?


Hey Guys, Recently joined D India (Not USI)

You can AMA


Is Gary Vee still saying that all of their layoffs were not covid related? Vayner folks, is that true?


Considering making the switch from agency to publisher side (sales). Does anyone have any experience doing so? Besides the potential for much higher pay, what are the pros/cons?


Going to Toronto soon. Any recommendations on things to do and/or restaurants/bars would be greatly appreciated!


Currently I am working as an Senior Compliance Associate in Amazon India and have a total work experience of 1 year 10 months,now I want to switch and look for better opportunities with current experience,so where can I apply with this experience....


Guys please reply to posts and help other fishes 👍


Any idea if Bain/BCG provide school fees allowance? Evaluating between these two firms


On what basis everyone get digital business unit in Cognizant?


How long do your suits last?

My 5 year old Suitsupply suits are starting to get awfully shiny in the elbows and seat pants. Any way to prevent this in the future?


Has anyone here juiced before? If yes, for how long? And Pro’s vs Con’s...


Over 20 plus years with this company my base pay has gone up every couple of years. The biggest growth in my salary has come as a "Bonus pd 1x/yr" which now is over 50% of my cash compensation. Base plus bonus plus benefits is on the Lower half of my industry Salary Value from talking to industry colleagues.

I may have an opportunity for a new position with another company starting around the first of the new year. My concern is that the "bonus" is not paid until March. What to do?


Is it a bad time to switch jobs with an impending recession?


Additional Posts in Interview Tips

Why are you looking to leave?


How important is to talk to your current manager for references? Basically I don’t want to alert my employer that im looking for a new job in case it does not work out, but companies tend to ask for the most recent references


I applied to NBA for a Senior QA role. After the 4 rounds of interview, including the HR, HM and 3 rounds with the team, the recruiter told me I did pretty well, and I might be the one.
And then he ghosted me :)


Hello there! I have applied to so many jobs at Tesla (like 10 no kidding), and I don’t even get to the phone screaning part… I have a Master and a lot of certificates, any company would be lucky to have me, is there a secret I don’t know to get an interview at Tesla? 😁


Anyone know of some mock interview services where I can pay to be interviewed as a trail run and find where I’d need improvement?


I have a Marketing Director interview with a small community college in my area and it’s a dream job. I make $15k more than I do now, plus insurance is amazing. What kind of questions should I be ready for?


I had an interview this morning and the hiring manager told me they had a hard stop at a certain time, but the interview went over that time by a couple minutes and they kept asking me if they could answer any other questions. How good of a sign is this or does it not mean anything?
What are signs you usually see when you’ll probably get the job? I was a referral candidate and 6 people total are interviewing.


Anyone else struggle with interviews? No matter how much I practice I tend to forget and still struggle when it’s time for it. My resume gets me through the door but that’s as far as I’ve been going since I graduated. It’s hard not to want to give up.


I applied for a job based on the job description and now have an interview with the Recruiter in the next couple of days. In preparation for the interview I did some research and have serious concerns about the company. E.g., most of the most recent Glassdoor reviews describe the company as a "sinking ship" with poor benefits and poor leadership.

How would you approach this situation? Would you mention the bad reviews to the recruiter? Cancel? Continue and see what happens?


Has anyone ever worked for Vibrent Health? I have an interview there next week and the reviews look atrocious lol. Check out the Glassdoor reviews if you have nothing better to do — skip the 5 star reviews and go straight to the negatives. I’m genuinely curious as to what’s going on over there.


Help! Final interview with Spectrum and I’ll be meeting with my potential peers, other HR generalist and the VP of ops. I’ve never been in a peer interview like this. What should I expect? What sort of questions should I ask? Also, I was told they’re only seriously considering one other candidate so how do I really stand out & seal the deal???


Im preparing for an interview within my department for a lateral move. The position is brand new. Any suggestions for questions I should ask? Or tips for asking for a salary increase.


After an interview this morning, I sent out what was SUPPOSED to be a thank you email. I really should have stepped away from my desk and put my full attention towards it, but instead I rushed through it and am now realizing I didn't even THANK HIM FOR HIS TIME OR THE OPPORTUNITY! Ugh.

Does it come off as entitled as I think it does?

Post Photo

Anybody willing to share what Google recruiters are typically looking for from a quick phone call?


As a hiring manager I always know from the screening/1st interview who I am going to hire. What do you think ?


Suppose you are 3 months pregnant and interviewing for a job. Would you disclose to the recruiter that you are expecting or is there no need to give that information until after being hired? As for the compensation, if you’ve already been told pre-interview, the salary range for the role, is it appropriate to negotiate a number for the salary if you are asked your desired salary in the first screening interview? Or should you try to hold off on the negotiation after you receive an offer?


Any tips or advice for the Amazon Senior Program Manager Interview? This is the hiring manager zoom interview. I am excited and preparing as much as I can.


Background story - I interviewed with a company that I really want to work for for a role that I was a perfect fit for. I went through 5 rounds of interviews then was told that they ended up going with an internal referral however the entire team loved me so much and they're looking for other roles for me. I thanked them for their time and didn't really take their word but 2 weeks later I get contacted again for another opportunity on a different team. (Cont'd in comment)


Is anyone currently in the legal department (or any other department, really) at Twilio that is willing to DM with me? I have a phone call with the recruiter on Thursday and would really like to get my foot in the door! Also would love some interview tips. TIA!


New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here


Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site


Download the
Fishbowl app

See what’s happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

A phone with Fishbowl app

Send download link to your phone


Scan your QR code to download
Fishbowl app on your mobile

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Messaging rates may apply

Download app

Sign up for free to view this conversation on Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Already have an account? Log in

Sign up for free to continue using Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use(New) and Privacy Policy(New)
Messaging rates may apply

Already have an account? Log in

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or