Be Careful who you choose as a professional reference. My team and I were going into a conference room to have a meeting. As we approached the room another team was finishing up a meeting and preparing to leave. As we entered my boss mentioned to one of the directors of the other group that she had just interviewed one of his mentees. She mentioned the persons name and the director immediately said it was a “No.” My boss was perplexed as the interviewee had mentioned how much she loved this director and
enjoyed working with him at another company. She said the interviewee considered him one of her closes allies and couldn’t wait to work for him again. He stared at my boss blankly and said “Do what you want but its a no for me.”
Now I couldn’t help but put myself in the interviewee’s shoes. I wondered if she had been mislead by this director or just blind to see what he truly thought of her. Had she asked him to be used as a reference or did she arbitrarily assume that he would vouch for her. It made me think back to my time in college when we were voting in new members into an organization. Many of the members voted against people who they should’ve had the backs of such as roommates and “close” friends. They voted against people who they were intimately involved with and who everyone naturally thought that they would’ve supported. It just goes to show you never know who you can truly trust and who is willing to stab you in the back.