Yesterday I was on the phone with a client who had interviewed a candidate of mine the day before. He said the candidate was really smart and had a great personality, but after that it’s all question marks. He said the next step was to do a deep follow-up and reference checks.
My client said there were three things he needed to learn about the candidate:
- Will the candidate work well with their customers?
- Is the candidate who he says he is?
- Will the candidate “stick with it” when the wind blows the other way?
I said that sounded good and that I would have my candidate put together a list of references. For the purpose of making sure we were on the same page I asked my client how many references he would like. I assumed they would come back and say three or four, but they said
“At Least A Dozen References”
I replied with “a dozen references?” They said “Yes… we are going to know everything about this candidate before we move forward.”
What if that was you?
What if you were interviewing for your dream job and were asked to provide a dozen references?
- Who would you select as references?
- Why would you select them?
- How would you coach them?
My candidate has all the talent and qualifications to be successful, but his references will make or break whether or not he gets an offer. This can’t be taken lightly.
This got me curious so I Googled “Reference Checks” and I came across an article titled: References: The Keys to Choosing and Using the Best Job References in Your Job Search
The article outlines 8 key steps:
- Don’t even bother with those generic “letters of recommendations.”
- Never, ever list names of references on your resume.
- Think strategically about reference choices.
- Consider different categories of references.
- Get permission to use someone as a reference.
- Collect all the details for each reference.
- Keep your references informed (and perhaps coached).
- Be sure to thank your references for their help.
You may interview well. You may have all the educational and professional qualifications. You might think you are awesome!
Do you have quality references that agree?
References may be the difference between getting an offer and getting a thank you letter. Think a head and be prepared!
How many quality references will you have by 30?