Let’s talk about your references.
As an executive or manager searching for your next job, you should take steps to guarantee that when a prospective employer verifies them, there will be no mistakes that sink your chances.
I have talked about this before, but it is a vital element of your job search that you cannot take for granted. Here are three things you should do:
- Select your references at the start of the search, not right before you receive a job offer
- If you are at the executive level, where you may be a finalist three to seven times, you may want to recruit two panels to avoid reference fatigue – the same people getting all the calls
- Use your references as a source to help you prepare for the interviews. Ask them about your strengths, weaknesses; what they liked about your performance and where they feel you can improve. Their feedback will help you prepare some great answers. If this is helpful information, would you please like it, share it, and follow us. We are here to help.