On the verge of offering the candidate a job, our client checked one last reference. Unable to reach the named “previous manager,” our client called the candidate. In turn, the candidate produced the reference in minutes.
Only problem was that the caller ID for the manager was the SAME one the candidate had called from! You got it… the boyfriend impersonated the manager.
When our client asked about the name on the caller ID, the boyfriend stammered, stalled and hung up.
Needless to say, when our client called the candidate to offer some “good news,” the candidate never called back, ever.
Lesson: check references and be wary!