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Ztek Tips – Know what Your References are Going to Say about You

Ztek Tips – Know what Your References are Going to Say about You

Perhaps it goes without saying, but it can never be said often enough.? Before attending an interview, you should have your references lined-up and ready to give to the interviewer when asked.? More than just writing down names and phone numbers of previous employers and bosses, you need to do additional preparation? as well.

Finding out how a former employer views you and your work history with them is vital before handing hat information over to a potential employer.? Even if your memory of your time spent there is positive, you don’t always know how you were remembered or what will be said unless you ask.

Your first step should be to contact everyone that you are considering using as a reference. You will want to confirm they are working for the same company and if their phone number and/or email information is the same. If a boss has moved to another company, you can still utilize them as a reference provided you can track them down.

When you reach a potential reference, don’t assume they will remember you and everything about you – remind them.? Things you say during your conversation can have a positive outcome on what they have to say about you later on.? Ask them if they are comfortable providing you with a favorable reference and if there is any feedback they have for you.? If you are very comfortable you can flat-out ask how they felt about your time working with them, and what they would say about you if someone called to ask.

If you are not comfortable with providing a direct supervisor or boss as a reference, you can use other employees in the company that hold a supervisory position. Think of people you have worked closely with on projects or had an indirect reporting relationship to – they are valid and reputable people who were in a position to view your work and speak to the value you brought to the team.

Of course, if you have made it through the interview process, a reference would have to go quite badly for it to affect a possible job offer.? That’s not to say that references don’t occasionally make the difference, because they do.? To make sure this goes as smoothly as everyone thinks it should, once you learn that a prospective employer will be checking with your references, give them a head’s up and let them know to be on the lookout for a call or email from the interviewer or another representative from that particular employer.? This will ensure that attempted calls or emails to your reference don’t go unanswered and delay that offer which is certain to follow.

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