The Importance of References

Posted on August 17, 2012

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What are references and why are they important?  References are people whom the job seeker chooses to be called upon if the hiring manager wants to learn more information about the selected candidate.  It is important for people to choose quality references that will be honest and express the job seeker in a professional manner.

How References Can Benefit Job Seekers

References can really benefit job seekers if they choose strategically.  It is wise to choose someone who you’ve worked with recently, that you got along well with, and someone who has a high level job status.

References are extremely helpful in backing up the information you’ve provided to a hiring manager, which helps prove the quality of work you produce.  Interviews are typically pretty short, so what the hiring manager sees during that time becomes their overall impression of you.  References are another way for the employer to better understand your true work personality.  Most bosses want to know how you have interacted with others in the past, which helps them have a general idea for how you operate in the day-to-day workplace.

How References Benefit Businesses/Employers

References are a vital role in the hiring process for many employers seeking new candidates.  Hiring managers contact references in hopes to better understand the job seekers work ethic.  As we’ve stated in previous blogs, every side has a story, so references provide the other side of the job seekers story.

The amount of time spent in an interview isn’t always long enough to really understand the important dynamics of the job seeker.  Suppose the employer was bluffing during an interview?  Would you know?  References are another good way to back up the information that is being provided to the hiring manager.  References aren’t suppose to be personally connected, but are supposed to have more of a professional type of relationship so that the information is based on work ethic.

When choosing your references, remember a few important things.  Choose someone who has experience working with you (an old boss or colleague), select someone who understands your skill sets, and be sure to ask the person if they will represent you if called upon.

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