Is this person sabotaging my chances at getting a job?
February 9, 2014 7:41 AM Subscribe
I have recently finished my doctorate and am interviewing for postdoc positions. I gave my main PhD advisor as a referee. Twice now I have failed at getting a job after the reference check despite being assured that the job is mine after the interview. What gives?
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I spoke to my advisor in more detail. He seemed honest and said that neither of the 2 jobs were right for me. When I asked why he gave me odd reasons. He said that the first guy that called him for the reference check gave him a bad vibe because he sounded arrogant and like he would be a nightmare boss.
For the second job, he admitted to questioning the guy on what are his plans for taking holidays this year (among other things). He explained that he is just looking out for me and doesn't want me to be used to do my possible future boss's work.
My advisor also said that he would give me a glowing reference if he felt the job was right for me.
I am concerned. Is he just being a bit over-protective or is he really out of line? I am hesitant to give his details to the next job I apply to. I feel that what's the right job for me should be my decision rather than his. Should I try to discuss it with him or just remove him from my application? The problem is that a good reference from him would be extremely valuable.