When Should You Say Yes?

Keep in mind, selecting no should not be an automatic response for those gainfully employed. If your current company knows you’re leaving, it’s safe to say yes. Lois Krause, the HR compliance leader at the consulting firm KardasLarson, LLC, says it’s not uncommon for managers to try and help those affected by impending layoffs by providing references.

“They’re usually pretty good about giving [employees] a heads-up so that they can find something,” Krause says.

When layoffs are not the driving factor, job seekers might consider selecting yes if the employee has a great relationship with their supervisor. “Maybe [the employee] talked to their manager and said, ‘This isn’t working, and I’m going to look for another role.’ Sometimes people are very honest about that,” says Sehres.

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