Finding a new job is not something you’re incomplete control of – so the best way to deal with that lack of control is to minimize those unknown factors. You’ve written up a fantastic resume, you have a great cover letter and you’ve addressed all the selection criteria really well and you’ve performed at the interview – you think you’re the ideal candidate for the job. Now comes the part you have no control over – the reference checking process. Wouldn’t it be smarter to take control?
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall while prospective employers are speaking to your referees? This part of the recruitment process brings many great candidates unstuck. The references they’ve nominated don’t always perform as you want them to. There might be bad blood you’re not aware of, or resentment or even apathy on their part to your job prospects. On the other hand your referees may have their heart in the right place and might be fantastic people but don’t ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to speaking to your prospective employers.
This is why it is important to take full control of your job seeking efforts by having a reference check done yourself – before possible employers do it. This gives you the opportunity to take action if your referees are under performing, or not giving you the glowing recommendation you think you deserve. By engaging a professional company that specializes in checking your own referees you minimize the risk your references pose to your employment prospects.
Make sure you do your homework too – ensure that the company you choose to check on you provides value for money, and most importantly check that you’re provided with a reference check report. Once you know what your referees say about you, you’ll no longer have an angst ridden smile when your interviewer says ‘We’ll be in touch after we’ve checked your references’.