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Would your current employer be willing to provide a reference for you?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Before your interview, make sure you have your references prepared just in case the interviewer requests them. If you don't feel comfortable using your current employer as a reference, explain that you have other references better suited at this time. Those can be past supervisors.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I am happy to provide you with a reference from my previous supervisor. Should the offer stage be reached, my current employer will be a reference. In the meantime, if you wish, I can provide you with a current client or character reference."

Admin
Answer example

"Certainly! When we get to that point in the interview process, I will be delighted to have you reach out to my professional references."

Manager
Answer example

"My director is aware that I am seeking a new role due to the recent company acquisition. I will include a few references to you via email which you are more than welcome to contact."

Marketing
Answer example

"I will be happy to provide you with any references you'd like and of course, can connect you with my current manager once I have a job offer in hand, contingent on references. Until that point, I'd prefer they don't know that I'm looking. I have some clients with whom I worked as a freelancer, so I'm happy to connect you with them at any point."

Retail
Answer example

"This is so tricky, seeing as my current employer would be the absolute best reference for me, but I cannot yet let them know I am leaving. That said, I have many managers who have left the company who would happily provide a reference. Upon an offer, I would happily provide my current manager and store manager as references to my quality of work and character."

Sales
Answer example

"I have some references, but I would not be comfortable with you contacting my current boss, seeing as they do not know I am looking for a new position. My previous manager has since left the company, and I would be happy to provide his information, as well as some other helpful references."

Teacher
Answer example

"My current Principal encouraged me to apply to your school once he knew that my family was looking to relocate I have brought a letter of reference from him. In the letter, he encourages a phone call from you should you have further questions."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 10/13/2016
Last modified on: 08/09/2018

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