As part of the job interview process, your 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.
Four Reference Checking Tips
1. List for 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.
When it comes to professional references, the best names to provide are those of your superiors.
Clearly, select those individuals with whom you had a good relationship and thought well of you. You can include customers, professional colleges and service providers as well.
The important qualifications are that they have a good opinion of you, as well as time to speak to an interviewer.
- Refer to the article: Job Reference: Examples of Job References list.
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.
5. Type of Questions Asked
The questions asked of the reference will be asked both of a professional level as well as a personal manner.
These questions will be aimed at finding out how competently you performed your day to day work including assessing your skills, professionalism and your relationship with direct managers and co-workers.
Warning: the hiring manager (or the interviewer) will try to determine whether the person answering the questions is biased to the applicant/candidate concerned, or giving truthful and objective information.