Decide your references carefully
Almost 60% of employers claim that they have had to withdraw an offer of employment after receiving poor references about successful applicants. So, just because you have managed to wow your future employer at interview stage and convinced them that you are the best person for the job, does not mean that you can get away with poorly prepared references.
References act as a third party endorsement – they are used by hiring managers as reassurance that you are who you say you are and will do for them what you claim you have done for your previous employers. Therefore, given the high number of rejections, it is important to prepare your references properly.
What information can be provided about you?
Nowadays, hiring managers can only request details from former employers that cover:
- length of employment
- previous job title
- brief details of responsibility
- overall performance
- time-keeping and attendance
- reason for leaving
Employers can also ask your previous company if they would re-hire you, should you apply for a position there in the future.
Don't include any details
Don't give the names and contact details of your referees on your CV. You can simply state that the 'References are available on request'. Employers will ask you for details if and when they are ready to offer you a position.
Choose your referees carefully
85% of employers will check at least one of your references when offering you a position – typically your most recent employer – so it is important that you choose responsive people, ready to testify your working practices. Promed Recruitment routinely reference checks.