What do you look for in a good reference?
March 12, 2014 4:45 PM Subscribe
HR and people in charge of hiring new employees: What do you look for when checking applicants' references?
posted by myntu to Work & Money (13 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a recent college grad job hunting at the moment, and am curious what is the usual procedure in checking references. I thought employers usually checked references after an initial interview -- is that right? Or could they contact my references before the interview? When do employers usually contact the references?
More importantly, what sort of questions do you ask when scouring a candidate's past performance? And how can I prep my references for potential questions?
So far I've warned my references that someone might be calling them, but it might be weeks before any of my interviewers get to that point. Should I update them regularly about who and what organizations might ask them about me? I don't want to be annoying, but I am looking at many opportunities at a time and don't think my ex-employers want to know about all of them... So far I have no clue who was actually serious enough to use my references list.