3 Things Potential Employers Ask Your Referees

Posted by | August 2, 2017 | Scholarships_CareerTips

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Why do you think your referee would be called in the first place? Who are you using as your referee, are they aware? In some incidences, your referees might be required to write something about you.

Doubting the possibility of your potential employer talking to people you have given as your referee is ill-advised. On contrary, start thinking about why they should be called.

Employers will contact your referees most of the time. Assuming you want to buy a second hand accessory for use. Think of testing it. Employers would want to see your other side too. They would want know your behaviors at work place and your weaknesses too.

Miss Cynthia Wangeci, an Account Manager at Corporate Staffing Services  says that before one is offered a job, your employer will call one of the referees you have provided on your CV, or all of them.

Wondering how the conversation between your referee and prospective employer goes? Below are 4 things employer might ask your referees:

1.To judge your skills

Employers would want to know how competent you were in your former role, your delivery, strengths, weaknesses and overall performance.

Employers will often have a detailed set of questions they ask in order to avoid the Referee giving obvious answers like, “She was great” when asked about your performance.

2. Your office etiquette

The hiring manager wants to gather as much information about you as they can. Learning what you’re like in an office set up will help him understand your work ethic, professionalism, work relations, adaptability and your overall personality observed during the time you served your previous company.

Tip: Provide a referee who directly contributed to your achievements.

3. To confirm all the information you have provided

Arguably, some people lie, and employers would love to know if everything you told them during an interview is correct.

The employer will be interested in red flag you raised during the interview, or anything your employer would say about you that are not positive. They are in the business of bringing someone on board in their company and the more they find out anything they will find out.

Tip: Ask your referee whether or not you can count on them to give a favorable recommendation.

That aside, it is good to be in picture of who you are or have been in your previous roles.

Therefore, it is important to note the following three issues

1. Tell your references to expect a call

Let your referees know that you chosen them as your reference. If your referees respond with surprise and confusion when a potential employer contacts them, it gives the impression that you are unprofessional or disorganized.

2. Give relevant referees

Providing your high school teacher as a referee for instance, would not be a suitable reference when looking for a job.  It’s expected that as you look for a job you have volunteered, interned or worked somewhere, and your supervisors or managers would be the best referees to use.

3. Prepare your referees in advance

Let them know you have applied for a certain position, you have been invited for an interview and there is a high chance they will be contacted to provide information about you.

4. Ensure your referees’ contact details are working

Dead contacts are the worst details you can ever provide in your CV. See how you can comb up your CV here . Make sure that the phone numbers and email addresses you provide are active and accurate.

It is important that you prepare your referee so that they are not blindsided by a call from the recruiter. It will also serve to remind them of who you are and where you worked together.