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Reference checks are an important step in the hiring process as they provide insight into a candidate’s past job performance, work ethic, and qualifications.  By speaking with past supervisors, managers, or colleagues, employers can gain a more comprehensive understanding of a candidate’s skills and experience, as well as their overall fit for the position and company culture. Here are some tips to ensure you pick the right people as referees and help you get that job.


Have A List Of References Ready

To make it easier for you during your job search, it’s good practice to have a list of people as your referees. This demonstrates to potential employers that you are prepared and organised. It shows that you have thought about your references and have taken the time to select people who can speak positively about your qualifications, skills, and work ethic.

It can also help speed up the hiring process. Many employers require reference checks as part of their hiring process, and having a list of referees ready can ensure that the process is completed in a timely manner.

Having a list of referees can help to strengthen your application. If the referees are well-respected individuals in your industry or have impressive job titles, it can make your application stand out and increase your chances of being hired.


Choose Your References Carefully

Choosing references carefully when looking for a new job is important because it can have a significant impact on your chances of getting hired. The people you choose as references can speak to your qualifications, skills, and work ethic, and can provide valuable insight into how you would perform in the role you are applying for.

It is important to choose references that have relevance to the position you are applying for. This can include past supervisors, managers, or colleagues who have worked with you in a similar role or industry.

Also, it’s crucial to ensure that the references you choose are willing and available to speak on your behalf. It’s important to let them know ahead of time and make sure they have updated contact information.

If you’re fresh out of university, a trusted mentor or professor can be your referee as well. Since you’re a new graduate, the hiring manager or recruiter will understand that you might not have a lot of work experience yet.


Prepare Your References In Advance

We cannot stress enough that your preparedness during the hiring process is crucial. However, don’t forget to prepare your referees as well. Apart from ensuring that their contact details are up-to-date, inform them that you’re going job hunting and that someone might contact them in the upcoming days for a reference check. Telling them ahead of time gives them ample time to prepare.

You can also tell them other details like who will be contacting them, the role you’ve applied for and the experience and skills the employer is looking for.


Don’t Forget To Say Thank You

Thanking your referees is important because it shows your appreciation for their time and effort in supporting your job application. Expressing gratitude helps to maintain good relationships with them, which can be beneficial for future job opportunities.

If you want to go above and beyond to show your gratitude, consider sending a small gift if this is within your budget. Of course, referees do not expect this, and a thank you email at a minimum will show your appreciation.

Building a reliable list of references should not be overlooked. Other people’s evaluation of you as a worker can influence the hiring decision and can help to land that job you wanted.

Are you prepared to begin job hunting after following our tips? Start the conversation with the best IT recruitment consultants in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane by emailing or calling 1300 544 652.