Man shares how CV reference nearly cost him job, Mzansi reacts

Man shares how CV reference nearly cost him job, Mzansi reacts

A person wishing to remain anonymous has taken to social media to share a story of how his former boss lied about not knowing him when potential employers contacted her as a reference. Mzansi social media users were disgusted by the unethical behaviour.

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According to the post shared by Facebook user, Themba Mthimban, a man was invited to an interview for a potential job. The interviewers were impressed by his CV but had an issue contacting the reference, his former boss.

When they called the former boss and put her on loudspeaker, she claimed to not know her former employee.

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However, when the man called her from his personal phone a few minutes later, she picked up and even wished him luck on his job search.

Mzansi social media users were enraged by the story and had much to say.

Twitter user Nolwazie_M said:

"Someone once suggested that you must randomly call your references now and then and pretend to be a future employer just to hear what they will say about you."


"Just to add my two cents, it is advisable not to put any reference but state that "References are available upon request". That will help you to notify your references should the potential employer request same."

Ceenaomi shared a similar story, saying:

"Had an agent call me and ask me to remove the person I had a reference because when she spoke to the other two references they spoke highly of me, but her! She'd also call ask how the job hunt was going and I'd ask if any people had called for ref checks, she'd say no! Witchcraft!!"

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Phumzi said:

"Got a ref check call for an ex-colleague. Someone on his ref list mentioned that he had substance abuse issues and suffered bad health. Fortunately this recruiter called the next person on the list and I rubbished all that and warned my ex-colleague. People are evil out there."

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