“We’d like to offer you that job you want. May we have your references?”
“Naaah. S’all good. You know enough about me without them.”In today’s job market, references are an essential part of the job application and hiring process. And, to the best of your ability, they better be good references who can speak about you and your recent job performance.
The basic reference checking processVaries with employers, but…
- Have a solid list of references ready – including someone at your current workplace if at all possible. Three references are usually enough. Include bosses (other than current workplace if that’s a problem). A list of only co-workers can look suspicious. And if you only have friends or your parents as references, think again – perhaps you can get references from teachers or any jobs or volunteer experiences you’ve ever had.
- Check with each reference to verify their contact information is current and to make sure they are available and willing.
- Most employers will call your references only if you are the final candidate or one of the final two. Occasionally the final three or four. Every now and then an employer will check all the people they interview, although to me that’s inconsiderate of the reference. But the majority of employers will wait until they are close to making an offer.