I’ve had interviews with a prospective employer and multiple discussions over the last month. The prospective employer said they would have an offer to me tomorrow (Thursday) 10/2. I was terminated today (Wednesday) from my current employer (entire career /work history is with this employer, over 10 years) Do I need to make the prospective employer aware of my termination or just sit tight? Do prospective employers ever do reference checks after they’ve hired to verify positions, or dates of employment? Please help as I am in a panic right now and don’t know what to do.
Have they already done the reference check on you? If so, it probably doesn’t matter. They are extremely unlikely to do a second check. If not, it might.
I wouldn’t panic, though. Get the offer letter. If it says in it that it’s contingent on a reference check then mention to the recruiter that today was your last day with your former company and you are eager to start at their company. If the termination was something other than a position elimination (performance or cause) and there is any chance of them calling your old company for a reference, explain. Usually a good explanation is one that doesn’t make your previous company sound bad. “My boss was a jerk who couldn’t see that I was a genius” is a bad explanation. “My boss wanted to take the department this way and I think we should go that way, which is in accordance with [new company] and so the timing couldn’t be better” is a better explanation.
If you were fired for stealing copy paper and toner from the supply closet, well then you’re on your own.
Getting fired is not the end of the world. It’s extremely common. EXTREMELY common for someone to have a lost job in their past. Yours seemed to have hit at the perfect time. I hope everything goes through with your new job.