Thursday, October 20, 2011

Your References Are More Important Than You Think

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When the company you’ve been interviewing with asks for your references, you can already see the finish line. After this small hurdle, a job offer is sure to follow.

Far too many people think reference checks are just a perfunctory step–merely checking off another box in the process. After all, would any candidate really give a reference that might endanger her or his candidacy?

Believe it or not, some references don’t shower praise on their former employee, and just because the company has asked for your references doesn’t mean it’s not checking references for several other candidates too. The reference checks can help distinguish between finalists and provide clarity on which would be the best fit for the job.

When you are asked to provide references, here’s the four-step process you should consider following: