IT pilot fish's former co-worker is job hunting and asks fish for a favor: Will you let me use you as a reference?

"I was quite willing -- happy even -- to do so," says fish.

"He went through the normal interviewing and application process for one particular job. HR went through the normal reference-check process, where I was totally honest. He was hired and started the new job.

"A few weeks later, I got a call from a recruiter from that company. I was a bit surprised, because I had already given the reference and he'd started the job.

"But it turns out they weren't looking for a reference. They were trying to recruit his references.

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