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Is it normal for a prospective employer to require a reference from the applicants current supervisor?

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Naveen Shastri

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( 5 months ago )


I was recently applying for a job in Australia, and it said

It is a requirement that your most recent supervisor is nominated as one of your referees. Nominated referees may be contacted at any time during the recruitment and selection process.

I don't want my current employer to know that I am applying for jobs elsewhere. Is this requirement normal?

Can an applicant reasonably interpret "most recent supervisor" as the most recent supervisor that you are not currently working for?

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Atul Kasana

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( 5 months ago )

I'm not aware of any reason why it would be illegal (though I'm unfamiliar with Australian law), but there's also no reason why you have to play ball.

I would call them, explain that you're unwilling to use your current supervisor and offer a number of others as potential referees. If they still don't want to budge, then just walk away - that could just be the start of a whole string of unreasonable demands.

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