I am concerned about using my present manager as reference because he is not identifying behaviors.
What are the potential implications not using my present manager as a reference?
I am currently in the process of applying for a new job. I have found some very interesting jobs which I've applied for. In the meantime, while awaiting replies from these companies, I revisited my list of references.
My concern is about when I am asked to provide references to a recruiter. Here is my plan:
I will provide two references. One of the references will be my present manager.
Now, let me share my concern. I heard, by accident, my manager give reference for another employee when a recruiter called a couple of months ago. Since I am working on becoming a MT-manager, I became worried hearing the conversation.
My manager was only positive and gave only replies very similar to: "Oh yeah, he doing a terrific job", ""Yes, I would absolutely hire him because he is really nice", "He has developed a lot during his time here" and "He is a quick learner".
My manager never got down to behaviors or not even considered sharing observations about areas to "take a look at".
Based on the background provided, my two questions are:
1. What are the potential implications not using my present manager a reference?
2. Does anyone have some recommendations for me on how to handle this situation?
Thank you in advance. I am very much looking forward to hear your views and recommendations.
I have prepared for interviewing through the MT interviewing series. I am focusing on providing behaviors and being candid about my strengths and weaknesses.
[b] Additional background data:[/b]
I have 4 references to choose among, including my present manager. They all know that they are on my list (mutual agreement) and I have told them I will let them know when I use them (latest the same day I have given their name to a recruiter).