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    Quote Originally Posted by BurdockTheContractor View Post
    "Oh, I haven't received any reply from those references. Can you provide two different ones because the Client really needs two references before you start working."
    Did you give them valid references in the first place?

    You haven't given enough information for any kind of discussion here but this could be slightly different because you mention start working. Might be worth being wary here. It could be the agent is being smarter than your average two references before submitting sham but..... I've been with a client and then came back to them again and in both cases I was advised I would need then before I start work. Fair enough, if I get the gig I'll give a reference. Got the gig, gave the references (just agent contacts) and confirmedat at least one was contacted checking dates. Got on site and confirmed the client does expect the agent to check two references.

    Pretty rare it seems but refusing to give a valid reference could lose you the gig here.

    All that said it could still be a load of agent hogwash but done a little differently/smarter than normal.
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    It did turn out to be agent hogwash.

    I did give valid references and neither of them were ever contacted by the agent. Also turned out that Client never wanted the references anyway.

    I've started the gig now but the project is a field of tulips. Smile and invoice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurdockTheContractor View Post
    It did turn out to be agent hogwash.

    I did give valid references and neither of them were ever contacted by the agent. Also turned out that Client never wanted the references anyway.

    I've started the gig now but the project is a field of tulips. Smile and invoice.
    Last time an agency tried this one with me a few months ago ("client insists on getting references from you, could you provide 2 so that we can pass them on") I just offered to pass this directly to the client once they'd offered.

    Agency said that client wouldn't offer without references (which was rubbish btw...) so I offered to pass them on to client at my interview - agent couldn't push back on that one and guess what: client never asked for them.

    I did find out later that client had contacted some connections we had in common for an informal chat about my style etc but that was it.

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