References Mistakes Can Cost Your Job

As a potential interviewee for a new job you might as well end up thinking that there is little or no focus on your references in the all important rendezvous. It is true that, nowadays, too much importance is attached to your resume, body language, and off course on specific skills. But please remember that some grievous reference mistakes from your end can jeopardize your chances of securing the job, dearly. When you have mentioned your references to your interviewer, it means that you have actually provided a chance to your potential employer to establish due authenticity of your credentials. However, there has been a marked lack of seriousness noted among interviewees regarding their references. Please make sure that you are learning about the common reference mistakes and avoiding them as well. Here is a brief list of the same:

Not Informing Your Reference about the Interview: You might have mentioned your previous employer/employers as references, owing to which there are thick chances of you securing the job. Thatís fine. But please donít make the mistake of not informing your reference that he/she can expect a call from your potential employer. If your reference ends up acting all surprised on getting a call, then your potential employer will immediately understand that you didnít even bother to inform your reference about an impending call from your interviewers. It would be deemed as highly unprofessional and audacious behavior on your end.

Not Securing The Permission of Your References: If you have not sought permission from the concerned person as to whether you are at all allowed to use his/her name as the reference or not, please do not even think of mentioning it as a reference. You shouldnít even think of informing the concerned person after your interview that his/her recommendations would be sought, when you didnít bother to seek his/her permission before the interview.

Spelling Out Irrelevant References: As a fresher with little or no experience, you might as well be tempted to use a lot of personal references. It is quite natural, since you donít have that many ex employers to offer their recommendations. But making use of personal references can mostly turn out irrelevant. For instance, it is advisable that you are not using personal references like your parents, siblings or relatives who will not be able to offer opinions regarding your professional expertise.

Providing Wrong Contact Information: Please make sure that you are not providing the wrong or outdated phone numbers, e-mail ids or other contact details of your references. Please take the trouble of checking with your references regarding these details. It would be prudent on your part if you are willing to incorporate the Skype or Google + ids of your references. If your employers are not able to get through to them via telephone, they can jolly contact them through these mediums.

Not Being Aware of What Your Reference May Say: Making use of random references without even knowing whether they would be serving your purpose or not, is not advisable. Employers generally consider consulting references just before offering the position to you (after the interview has been conducted). Here, you simply cannot be in a position where you are not even sure of what your reference is going to say about you.

Last Updated On: 29/09/2013


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