Video:What Is a Reference Check?with McKenzie Lawyer Davies
Employers use reference checks to learn more about the applicant from their past employers and non-work relationships. The right references can help secure the job position. Watch this About.com video to learn how.See Transcript
Transcript:What Is a Reference Check?
Hi, Im McKenzie Lawyer Davies. And in this About.com video, I'll discuss reference checks. A reference check is when a employer, gathers additional information about an applicant from past employers and non-work relationships, such as teachers and even family.
Why Work References are Important
Past employers might only want to give out dates worked, but if they like, they can also give more details such as: salary, title, responsibilities, job performance, punctuality, attitude, work ethic, or other specific qualifications they may be looking for in an applicant. As an employee, you should keep in mind that the reference that your current employer gives, may be the difference in getting your next job.
Non-Work References Verify Character
Non-work relationships are typically people that the applicant believes will give a good reference. It’s ideal to have personal references that can not only speak to character, but also work ethic. If possible, it’s even better to get someone who can speak specifically to the applicant’s capability of doing the work that will be asked of in this position.
Questions Employers Ask References
The prospective employer will typically ask for references at some point in the interview process. There are varying ideas on when an applicant should deliver references to an employer, but the most important thing for an applicant is to have a reference list updated and ready to deliver when requested.
How to Secure the Right References
As a job-seeker, it’s a good idea to ask possible references if they feel comfortable speaking to your capabilities. Make sure that no obligation is felt as their willingness is often a sign of how good of a reference they might give.
Even though someone has told you they will be your reference, you should still warn them whenever you are interviewed for a job. This gives them a little time to think about what they might say about you, if they are called.
If you have a good relationship, it’s alright to coach your non-work references on what you’d like them to say. This ensures they are aware of your current abilities, goals, and work history. Personal references may be a great strength to your application especially when you may not have the best work history.
Checking in with References
As an employer, you’ll want to make sure you have done your preparation as far as the questions that you would like to ask and how you will keep track of answers. When you leave a message with an applicant, be ready to easily access your questions when they return your call.
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