Employers used to be less than honest, too. The “glowing reference” is British‑speak for, “Please take him off our hands.” It might have happened the other way, giving poor references to people they want to keep.
Ravi Desigan wrote:
(In my former workplace, my manager hired a JAVA/Technical project lead whose 1st question to me was, "How to start the server?"!!!
My itself, this doesn't seem to show much. Setups are different in different places, there are different types of servers with different ways of starting them up. Different jobs have different sets of duties. Maybe it was the systems people who started the server at his previous job. Seems like a reasonable question to me.