I talk a lot about the problems in recruiting. Like all the things recruiters require, the fruitlessness of online applications, and how recruiters somehow think it’s okay not to get back to someone who has come in to the office to office.
Today I heard of a new one: 12 references. yes, that’s right, this woman has been asked to provide 12 references.
I started working when I was 16, and have either been working, in school, on a mission, or working while in school–except for a 5 month period in which I was trying to find a job and watching Fraiser, Friends and E.R while doing counted cross stitch. (This was a low point in my life.) I’m not sure I could come up with 12 references.
Sure, could I come up with 12 people who would be willing to speak about me? Yes, of course. But 12 people who actually supervised my work and could comment on my actual performance? Doubtful. I keep in contact with 4 former bosses, and one former editor, and a whole bunch of former coworkers, but do you really want to talk with the person who sat in the cube next to me?
No, you want to speak with someone who evaluated my performance.
So, I can give you 5.
This is ridiculous request.