Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to do references properly

How to do references properly

I call my fair share of references and I am surprised by how many are taken aback to hear from a recruiter. It is almost as if they were not expecting my call. Here are some quick tips to smooth the process:

1.       Line them up before you need them

2.       Call your reference prior to each position (job that you are being considered for)

3.       Explain the role to your reference

4.       Let your reference  know approximately when the company will be calling

5.       Managers: be prepared to give as references; managers, colleagues and subordinates

6.       Sales people: don’t be surprised if you are asked to provide a customer as a reference

7.       Don’t forget to call your reference back to give an update and to thank them

Taking care of this quick list can help move the job interview process along quickly.

Happy Selling

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