How to approach references at current employer for referrals/when does amazon call references

IBM / Eng LeavingIBM
May 28 12 Comments

Amazon wants professional references

I have a couple in mind, IBM is my first job out of college so I was planning on using one of my intern leads/managers as a reference. But it's such an awkward conversation to have, I've asked for references from internships after they've ended but it seems strange to ask for a referral from an employer I'm still at.

Nonetheless there's going to be two from my current employer,but wouldn't it be awkward if I bomb the interview? And stay lmao.

What do I even say? Also when does amazon contact references it sounds like it's after onsite (if you pass), so if they contact references that would mean they want to move forward with an offer? If so could I have them wait till after onsite before I ask my references if they could be a professional reference for me?

Tagging ibmers to see if anyone else has a perspective on this or if there's an official process

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TOP 12 Comments
  • New / Eng
    Ama B.O

    New Eng

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    Amazon, Google, Facebook
    Ama B.Omore
    Is it possible that even if I sign the offer, I still refuse that they contact my current employer?

    If so what's the best reasoning that can be used?
    May 29 0
  • Apple / Eng gtUh6$
    Aren’t references requested once you accepted the offer??
    May 29 6
    • Amazon / Eng fahrenheit
      Where was this? Was this for an SDE position? I was only asked for references for my background check and visa after accepting.
      May 29
    • New / Eng wQck55
      AWS SecEng
      May 29
    • Amazon / Eng fahrenheit
      I wonder if security-related roles/orgs have a different process? (SDE here) I know KMS has some additional security measures (and even special badges?)
      May 29
    • New / Eng wQck55
      Yeah, interesting. It was in a big list of coordinating questions for the on-site, didn’t really think twice about it.
      May 29
    • Arista Networks / Eng Xyzabcdefg
      Just tell them working with my references and haven’t heard back from them.
      Jun 1
  • Google / Eng
    frnDfrckn

    Google Eng

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    Amazon
    frnDfrcknmore
    You can tell Amazon not to call references until they give you an offer and you accept.
    May 28 1
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

      New Eng

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      Amazon
      TechLeedmore
      I've got burned with a recruiter calling up my boss. He didn't know I was looking at the time...
      May 28
  • Microsoft / Eng Lvl62
    I outright rejected the request saying I’ll provide references only if I get the offer. The recruiter had no issues with that.
    May 29 0
  • New
    BoschLtd

    New

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    BoschLtdmore
    Why do they need references? Can't they validate from work Number?
    May 28 0