March 29, 2012

Are your references ready for me?

Women of HR (oooh - sassy!) had a great post last week on "Preparing Your References."

Whether you are actively looking for a job or just dipping a toe in the market, listen up:


All too often I end up phoning references who:

a) Flat out can't remember the candidate.
b) Worked with the candidate so long ago that they can only offer vague impressions (useless), or
c) Are caught off guard because the candidate never bothered to tell them I would be calling.

These are major red flags for hiring managers and Human Resources.


Have your references up-to-date, prepped, and ready to send in an email or pdf.  Be sure to include the following:

  • First and last name;
  • Current role/company;
  • How you know them (e.g. "Former supervisor at XYZ Corporation");
  • Phone number where they can be reached during business hours;  
  • Email address.

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