When interviewing for a job, the references that go along with your resume are usually going to be what seals the deal between you and your future company. It is a scary thought to think that the opinions and views of others (those you listed as references) are what could make or break this job for you. A common misconception is that companies don’t call the references you have listed, but on the contrary, there is nothing further from the truth. Although it is true that the reason for references isn’t to do a background check, make no mistake that the company you are applying for will certainly call one or two of your references.
If you and one other person were tied in terms of qualifications for a job, it is vital that your references are people that you can completely trust to give you a good review if called upon. Suggesting to the new company you apply for that they call your past CEO at the old firm might not be the best idea. You want someone who can accurately describe how you are as an employee and as person. But in order for that to happen, it needs to be someone who has worked closely with you. Your references need to be people who know what you are capable of as a worker.
Notifying your references before you list them as a reference is also a must. There is a possibility that they would not want to speak on your behalf, or might not feel like they could present the most accurate representation of you to your future employer. You want your references to feel familiar with this process, and you need to make sure that they feel comfortable helping you out.
The references you list in addition to your resume are one of the most important aspects of the interview process, besides your qualifications, of course. You need to be able to trust those you listed as references, and you need to be confident that they will do nothing but help you gain this new job. It is frightening to know that your “dream job” is in the hands of others, but you can make the references you list work to your favor.
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