You recently got offered a job and are now preparing for your interview. One of the things you need to include in your preparations is a list of references who can vouch for your skills and character. However, it can be tough to prepare this list considering the people who can provide you with references.

If you are having problems choosing your job references, here are some tips you can follow:

Ask For Your Reference’s Permission

Before your interview, always make it a point to ask the permission of your potential references before you add them to your reference list. Even if you are good friends with them, they may not be happy giving you a job reference. It is a common courtesy to ask them, you can be reassured that the referral they will provide is positive, and you respect them.

Ask Your Chosen Reference To Add Their Contact Details

Even if you know your reference’s contact details, make sure to ask it while asking for their permission. This will allow you to understand what method of communication is suitable for your references. It will inform your reference about where they can expect the message from your hiring manager.

Prepare Your References

If you do well in the interview, you need to make sure your references have everything they need to answer the hiring manager’s questions. Please give them a copy of your resume and portfolio and discuss the projects and accomplishments you have related to the job you are trying to apply for.

You should also tell them the business or company offering the job and the actual job title to support their answers when they get the call from the hiring manager.

Know Who To Ask

As you list down your references, make sure that they are people who can talk positively about your skills, character and work ethic.

You could ask your previous boss, co-workers, volunteer heads if you did voluntary work and even your family members who asked for your professional services.

Look For Common Ground Between The Hiring Manager And Your Reference

While listing down your references, try to find common ground between them and the hiring manager. For example, if the hiring manager studied in a specific university, you can pick a reference who studied in the same university.

By doing this, the hiring manager will be more candid when they talk to you and your chosen reference. It can also improve your chances of scoring the job.

Check For Internal Reference

If you know someone from the company you are trying to apply to, and they are aware of your skills, don’t be afraid to ask for their referral.

They may be able to give you an extra edge in getting the job because the hiring manager may already know your reference and trust their word.

Inform Your References Regarding Your Job Search

You must update your references when it comes to your job search. If you were able to qualify for a second interview, you should let them know to prepare if the hiring manager calls them. It is also an excellent courtesy to inform them if you got the job.

In Summary

Having a reference can increase your chances of securing your dream job because it can be an excellent testament to your skills and value as an employee. Before you submit your resume and go to your interview, follow the tips above to boost the value of your references and get a positive referral to secure that job you are applying for.

Trying to score an important interview? Get it right by reading these articles:
Answer That Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Work Here?
How to Overcome Job Interview Anxiety
How to Emphasise Your Personal Strengths During an Interview

Can’t get enough of MiddleMe? You can find me sharing my thoughts here as well: 
Instagram @kallymiddleme
Twitter  (MiddleMe_net)
FaceBook (MiddleMe.net)
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/kallytay

9 replies on “7 Tips for Choosing the Best Job References

  1. Thanks for these tips on making the reference process go as smooth as possible! I’ve always talked with my references beforehand, but I don’t know that I necessarily updated them on my current projects and resume. I’ll be sure to add that to my list for next time!

    Liked by 1 person

Share Your Thoughts Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s