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