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Asking for references at the end of the interview

I had an interview on Friday at the DA's office. I think it tex677605/14/18
There is nothing unusual about asking for references, either pauperesq05/14/18
It might be a good thing, as perhaps they wouldn't have aske 3lol05/14/18
Being asked for a reference is definitely a good thing unles jd4hire05/14/18
It could be a very good sign, but for your sanity, I would w kramer71605/14/18
Kramer has the credited response here. Its likely a positive williamdrayton05/14/18
Its pretty standard for an employer to ask for them, whether flharfh05/14/18
It doesn’t mean anything these days. In fact, actually cal downwardslope05/14/18
Think of it this way: if they wanted to ask everyone, they w pisces21305/14/18
It means they want references. Don't impute much into it isthisit05/15/18
How long should I wait before following up? How about one we tex677605/15/18
Send a thank you note to the interviewer now, if you haven't pauperesq05/15/18
What if I don't have the contact information? I was intervie tex677605/15/18
Hunt them down on LinkedIn. If you still can't find them, s pauperesq05/15/18
I'm planning to call the assistant today to give her the cor tex677605/15/18
tex6776 (May 14, 2018 - 2:23 pm)

I had an interview on Friday at the DA's office. I think it went well. At the very end, the interviewer asked me if I had references. I said yes. The interviewer asked me to email the references. I sent the email immediately after the interview on Friday.

I've never been asked for references at the end of an interview, so I'm wondering if this is a good thing? Does it mean anything at all?

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pauperesq (May 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm)

There is nothing unusual about asking for references, either before or after an interview. I wouldn't read into it too much.

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3lol (May 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm)

It might be a good thing, as perhaps they wouldn't have asked you for references if your interview had been a complete dumpster fire. Or it might mean nothing at all.

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jd4hire (May 14, 2018 - 3:16 pm)

Being asked for a reference is definitely a good thing unless the interviewer asks every candidate for a reference at the end of an interview (which would be odd, IMO).

In my experience, an interviewer only asks for a reference if they thought you did well in the interview and they want to verify/confirm their impression.

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kramer716 (May 14, 2018 - 3:25 pm)

It could be a very good sign, but for your sanity, I would work off the assumption that they ask everyone. Just prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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williamdrayton (May 14, 2018 - 7:08 pm)

Kramer has the credited response here. Its likely a positive sign , but not definitive.

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flharfh (May 14, 2018 - 6:45 pm)

Its pretty standard for an employer to ask for them, whether you're the top candidate or not, but its definitely not a bad thing.

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downwardslope (May 14, 2018 - 7:19 pm)

It doesn’t mean anything these days. In fact, actually calling the references with no plans to offer the job seems to be becoming more the norm these days too. It happened to me a few years back (everyone said they gave me excellent references) and a friend just a couple of months ago who was also told she had been given excellent references.

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pisces213 (May 14, 2018 - 8:21 pm)

Think of it this way: if they wanted to ask everyone, they would've made you submit a list of references before the interview. It is entirely possible they forgot, so there is a possibility that it doesn't mean anything. But it's likely that they ask because you scored above an invisible line, where they're willing to take the extra step of calling people... if you remain above that line after they interviewed everyone.

All in all, definitely not a bad thing.

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isthisit (May 15, 2018 - 10:24 am)

It means they want references.

Don't impute much into it and get your hopes up. Be cool and wait.

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tex6776 (May 15, 2018 - 10:26 am)

How long should I wait before following up? How about one week?

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pauperesq (May 15, 2018 - 12:09 pm)

Send a thank you note to the interviewer now, if you haven't already. Reiterate your interest in the position.

Wait at least a week before you follow up again.

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tex6776 (May 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm)

What if I don't have the contact information? I was interviewed by four individuals. And frankly, other than the DA, I don't remember any of their names. Their contact information is no where to be found.

Also, I just realized the number I gave for my former supervisor is incorrect. So, I'll have to call back and give the correct number. Apparently, my former supervisor changed numbers.

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pauperesq (May 15, 2018 - 1:16 pm)

Hunt them down on LinkedIn. If you still can't find them, send the thank you to the DA.

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tex6776 (May 15, 2018 - 1:55 pm)

I'm planning to call the assistant today to give her the correct number for my former supervisor, ask for DA's email address, and ask her when I can expect to hear back.

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