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Get Your References Ready

Before receiving a job offer, the potential employer will most likely ask you for your references. References are used in different ways by different hiring managers. They are used to ascertain your time frame of your employment with a company, and ask for details about your job role and performance.

There are laws on reference checking. Many large corporations will not officially provide any information other than the dates of your employment, and sometimes if they would rehire you. Below are some additional reference questions that may be asked:

It is also becoming more frequent that you will be asked for your references, but they'll never be called. This could be for one, or a few, different reasons. The hiring manager may have been very impressed by your interview and not felt the need to call, they may be in a hurry to fill the position, or if you were sent to them as a referral.

In any case, you should have approximately six references lined up when you're interviewing, even though you'll probably only use three at a time. Good references are people who know you and care about your professional development. These may be managers, professors, and co-workers. People within the community, like religious personnel and friends, also are good if they know of your services to the community and something about how you overcome obstacles.

Always call your potential references before giving their name and contact information to anyone. This will help you get all the correct contact information as well as catch up on what you're doing and what type of job you're looking for. It is also common courtesy as the person may not want to be used as a reference.

References are valuable to potential employers because they want to make sure each new hire will contribute to the success of the company. They want to get information about the kind of worker you are and references should have a strong, positive attitude toward you.