Any "good" employer will check your references that you have provided on the application. However, keep in mind, that most companies have policies now that the supervisors or managers can not release any reference information. Therefore, if you have given your last supervisor's name, let's say you worked for a big company like AT&T, the supervisor will tell the person calling to contact HR for any reference/verification of employment. If they don't have the contact information for the company and/or the HR department, a quick Google search can easily provide them with that. Even then, that person will most likely only obtain your dates of employment and possibly your salary history. Most HR departments will not release any information regarding performance or disciplinary actions. So, I'd say yes to your question but since I'm not sure if you are applying for a US based company, I can't say for sure. And based on the statement on the application that you signed, the ARE allowed to contact any of your previous employers by any means available.
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· 9 years ago