As part of the job interview process, you will have to furnish references.
These references should appear on your resume as well. Since the interview itself is relatively brief, your prospective employer will want to verify that you are what you claim and that your job experience as listed is factual. They will also want to know how you performed in your previous workplace.
1. List of Checking References: Professional and Personal :
One should get ready to provide his (or) her references list upon request during a job interview.
The interviewer typically desires a few references:
- 2-3 to verify your professional background if you have been working (or) even volunteering.
- 2-3 to confirm your personal (or) academic background, especially if you haven’t gained professional experience yet.
2. Tips for the Employment Reference Check:
It is best to check with those you plan to list as references.
- Do they have time to speak to your prospective employer?
- Will they portray you in a favorable light?
Do not take the answers to these questions for granted. Make the call and ask. Be sure to thank them for their time. You may even want to call to thank them after you are hired a gift would not be out of place either. Especially, since you may need their assistance again in the future.
3. Friends and Colleagues as References :
Your references should be as professional as possible.
Listing a friend as a professional reference is not the best idea. If the interviewer knows that the reference is your friend, he (or) she will take the information with a ‘grain of salt’. Annoyance may be the result as well if you do not specify that this reference is also a friend or relative. It is best to let the interviewer know of your relationship, to avoid an appearance of deception or subterfuge. Stating that this person is a professional, as well as personal reference, is fine. However, you should provide strictly professional references as well.
4. Reference Check Questions Answering Interview Reference Check Questions :
In some cases, if you are close with the reference giver, and suspect that they are not accustomed to this role, you may want to prepare them and explain what they should emphasize and what is not necessary.
Do such preparations carefully, you do not want to anger (or) alienate your reference giver! Gauge your relationship and their ability carefully, and proceed cautiously.
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