You’ve applied for an awesome job with a great employer. Your first interview went well. Your second interview went gangbusters. And now you’re excitedly waiting for an offer of employment!
But the offer never materializes.
After week or so, you receive an email stating the company has hired another candidate. You’re confused: what could possibly have gone wrong?
In situations like these, it’s highly likely that your professional references didn’t check out or weren’t strong enough. Think about it: when you’re on the shortlist of candidates, your qualifications are usually very similar to those of the other applicants. Oftentimes, the key differentiator that decides who gets the job is which candidate is the best cultural and personality fit. And the only way a hiring manager can find this out is by asking someone who’s worked with you before.
That’s why references are so important. Though most companies don’t provide references for legal reasons, you can ask your connections for personal references. Keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind.
Having good references can mean the difference between being shortlisted for a job and actually getting it. With these do’s and don’ts in mind, you can be prepared whenever an employer wants to check your references.
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