Do Employers Check References Before Interview
Once I heard an experienced interviewer saying that candidates are never better than their resumes! Do you agree with the fact? Well, if you don’t I would like to inform you that it has been found that maximum employers do think this way. In this post, I’ll be discussing about what most of the employers think while hiring an employee and what a candidate should prepare for success.
There are a lot of things which come in our mind when applying for a job. Dress appropriately, preparing an effective CV, writing a great cover letter, etc. are just few of them. But that one thing which more can do wonders for you is providing a good reference.
Referencing the References
Do you think references are not that important? So just think of this situation when you want to purchase any product or service, what you would ideally do is contact those friends who have used the same in the past and confirm about their experience. Recruiters do the same thing as this process gives them mental satisfaction and they get an honest feedback from a professional.
According to a recent study, it was found that around 80% of the recruiters check references and 16% of them are doing it before calling the applicant for the interview. About 69% of the recruiters said they changed their opinion about a candidate after having a word with the reference, and about 23% said they were in favor to hire the candidate after speaking to the reference.
It is impossible to know what your references will tell the employers, but what you can certainly do is choosing the right reference.
Let us discuss few things to keep in mind before short-listing your references:
Select right people as your reference- You may have a list of 5-6 people who agreed to be a reference for you, but you need to provide just 3 references. I would suggest including those who will say positive about you, but at the same time it is also important to make sure that they completely understand and know about your work profile and your best area of work. It would be better if any of your references share such things like how they think you can be beneficial for their organization. And do confirm twice before giving your reference that those people are not personal references, but professional.
Ask those people if they can be your reference- Make sure you are still in contact and can give their contact details to the company. Update them that you are seeking a new job, and ask if they can help you in becoming your reference as many people are not authorized to become a reference because of their company policy. According to a survey about 62% of the recruiters contacted to the references who were not even aware of the fact that their contact details are shared for such purpose and they end up saying nothing good about the applicant as they were not prepared.
Providing references can impress recruiters- There are recruiters who will ask for references after short-listing your resume whereas many ask after the interview is conducted. Therefore, it is advisable that you should carry a printed copy of their contact details so that if anyone asks you can provide instantly. Also, many organizations in the Middle East and Asian countries don’t even ask for references and that is the time when you can just tell them that you have brought a list of your references, which might help them in decision making. This way you will be able to show how confident you are and there many professionals who are saying good stuff about you. It will hardly matter to you if they call them or not, but by saying this you will certainly impress them.
So, if in any location you are looking for a job in the Middle East, don't forget to remember your useful professional references.
Kunal Chhibber is a professional content writer with expert skills in digital marketing. He has also written many informative write-ups doing exclusive research on Job Sector in Middle East especially for Dubai Jobs, UAE and GCC countries. He is a graduate in management; music is a passionate hobby to which he is committed to as a part time Disc Jockey.