Providing References

By, 06/25/2013

References are an important part of the job application process, so picking the right people to provide them is key.

It’s important to speak to people before you list them as a reference. Since it won’t be such a surprise, the conversation will probably go better with the interviewer than if they are caught off-guard and unprepared.

Be selective about who you choose. After all, you do want this job, so you’ll want to give yourself the best chance of success. Your first choice may be friends or family, since they’re the people who know you best, but stick with professional references, if possible. List people who you’re confident will give you a positive reference, like co-workers or managers with whom you had good working relationships.

Finally, provide as much contact information as possible. If the interviewer can’t reach your references on the phone, then email or mail might be a better option.