Every time you attend a job interview you’re required to leave at least three references that back up your experience, and this practice has been going on forever! But what if we told you that these references are now barely being considered during your application? That’s right! and sometimes they’re not even contacted.
Actually, there are other ways and methods being used by employers when it comes to reference checking nowadays and it’s important to understand why. You might not see it so obvious, but from an employer’s perspective, your 3 references will speak nothing else but wonders of you.
What a potential employer really wants to hear are the real insights of your professional performance, the positive and even your weak sides. Not a glowing review from someone that you previously arranged and who is practically waiting to get the call where they’ll be asked about you. Digging further on your references is called back-channel reference check.
What your potential employer will do is look you up on LinkedIn and see if you have any mutual connections, then they will go to Facebook, Twitter, and so on. And they will reach out to these people without letting you know first, which can be quite scary.
Now that you know about this trend, the best thing to do is keep your reputation as clean as possible. Since you don’t have a clue and can’t control who will end up being responsible for passing along your reputation to your future employer, you might as well try to be at peace with everyone, from your closest connections to your recently met ones.
The good news is that, even though you can’t control this, you might still be able to predict it can happen. Get ahead of the game and do your research, so, for example, you went to an interview and left your usual references and you know that what your future employer will want to do next is get your references.
Go to your LinkedIn page and look up for the person that just interviewed you, as well as your potential future manager, if you know their name. If there are any connections in common, you can politely email them just to put them on notice. If they’re contacted it won’t be a surprise for any of the parties!
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