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What does it mean to leverage your references?
Leverage means to derive additional advantage to complete a task; in this case to help you be the winning applicant in a competitive job search.
Most job applicants submit references — former bosses, peers, and direct reports — who will provide favorable information without much due diligence.
But your references have the potential to help you become better prepared for a job interview.John G. Self
But your references have the potential to help you become better prepared for a job interview.
Let me explain. When you select your references – ask them to candidly share with you your strengths and weaknesses as well as your successes. Reassure them you want the process to be a positive learning experience.
Their answers – the good and the bad — will enable you to prepare more credible answers to commonly asked interview questions.
That is how you leverage your references.