Today's question involves a reference situation. The question basically translates into, "So, let's say there interested in hiring me and they want to check a reference with my CURRENT employer, the one I'm still working for. What do I do?"
There is a real simple answer that question. You politely say, "It's too soon for you to talk to my current employer. After all, you're probably checking references on a few people. At the end of the day, you may choose to select 1 of the others. Then I left in the awkward position of returning to an employer who knows I was trying to leave them. I'm happy to provide you with references from previous employers but it's way too soon for me to offer one for my current employer."
As always, it's not just what you say but how you say it that's most important. You don't want to sound nervous; you don't want to sound frightened. You just want to speak very certainly about that not be acceptable to you.
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