When do you check references during the hiring process?
June 22, 2011 3:34 PM Subscribe
During the hiring process, when are references typically checked?
Over the last several weeks I had multiple interviews with an organization, and a few days after my final interview, the HR department called my references. I took this as an excellent sign--in the past, I've gotten offers shortly after the employer contacts my references. And when I was on the hiring end at my last job, we only solicited and checked references from the top candidate, because a reference check was the last stop before extending an offer. Why check more references than you have to?
So I was very surprised to learn yesterday that I was not selected for this job, especially because I'm confident my references wouldn't have said anything to outright disqualify me.
Since I'm now continuing my job search, can you tell me more about how, in your experience, reference checks work? When do you ask for references? When do you check them? Do you check multiple candidates' references? I imagine every company has a different procedure, but I'd like to arm myself with information in order to be better prepared for what's next. (Also, I'm curious.)
Posting this anonymously to avoid having my real name linked with comments about a prospective employer, especially now that--sigh--my job hunt is continuing.