I got an unsolicited message from a hiring manager to give a reference for someone.
August 23,2022 at 12:49PM UTC
Someone please tell me this is not normal. My ex-coworker interviewed with a small company, she did not give my name as a reference. I got a LinkedIn message from the hiring manager saying that she noticed that there was an overlap at the place we worked at and wanted to discuss the work experience/relationship with that coworker.
I immediately texted my ex-coworker to check to see if that was expected. Nope. Apparently my ex-coworker already recieved a ton of messages from other past coworkers of hers. This hiring manager is spamming people for references.
I'm blown away by this because it feels icky and unethical to me. I'll happily provide a reference for this coworker --she's great!! But what if I didn't feel that way, and we didn't get along? I can't imagine how violating this would feel.
Wonder if this has happened to anyone else, and if not, what are your thoughts? Am I overthinking it?
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