Former recruitment agency experts answer
employment questions, candidly suggesting how to
negotiate your salary, find a really good job,
handle phone interviews, and more.
Sage advice like this is
Personal Reference Check
Your resume got you the interview and your
interviewing skills made you the hiring manager's
top choice. But you have one last hurdle left:
The reference check. This step in the hiring
process can mean the difference between an offer
and a rejection letter.
Don't list your references on your resume since
space is at a premium. Employers will assume you
can provide them upon request.
For some types of jobs you may be asked to
complete a job application in which case there
will be a place for including references. So, be
sure to bring a list of your references. Confirm
all information, such as name, title, phone
number and e-mail address, before providing it to
a prospective employer.
Personal Reference Check -
Your Friends Are Not Your Best References:
Avoid using friends and family as references as
well as people who have known you less than one
year. Former managers, clients and colleagues
make the best references, because they have
first-hand knowledge of your job performance. If
you're new to the workforce, you may want to ask
a professor or teacher to serve as a reference.
Prepare Your References:
Make sure you've asked permission before listing
someone as a reference and when you expect an
employer to check your references, it's a good
idea to call the people you've listed and
forewarn them. The element of surprise will not
work to your advantage. Allow them time to think
about what they'll say. You can further prepare
them by describing the position and pointing out
your relevant experience and skills.
Check Your References Yourself"
No matter how carefully you choose your
references, there's no way to guarantee what
The best way to avoid a bad reference: Don't ask
people to give references unless you're certain
they'll have good things to say. However, if you
suspect a reference is giving inaccurate
information about you to a prospective employer,
you can have a reference-checking service
investigate for you.