My co-worker has been going on a spate of interviews recently. He was filling out yet another application today and he asked me if he could list me as a reference.
He does know his stuff - networking, Windows 2000, etc. Technically, there’s not a problem. He’s willing to work with others to help solve problems.
However, there have been times that he’s not shown up for work, and never called to let anyone know. He’s called at least twice (that I know of) to say that he was “sick,” even though it was quite obvious on the phone that he was drunk and/or hung over.
He showed up for work one morning drunk out of his mind - stumbling around, eyes red, appearance disheveled. The team leader sent him home.
I admit I wimped out, and I told him that I would be a reference. If any of these businesses call, do I sugar coat what I tell them, or tell them the truth?