You shouldn’t discuss personal details about an employee, which can include references to her race, religion, age or disability status. Also, you should never discuss ethnic origin, marital status, parenting responsibilities or sexual orientation during a reference request.
2. It is inappropriate to discuss an employee’s personal details, including references to her race, religion, age or disability status. Additionally, you should never discuss an employee’s ethnic origin, marital status, parenting responsibilities or sexual orientation during a reference request.
Should I tell someone I listed them as a reference?
Give your references a heads up about the job you’re applying for, or tell them what you learned in the interview process. This is also a good time to make sure their contact information is still accurate.
2. Let your references know a few talking points they could use in a conversation about the job. For example, what you found out in the interview process.
3. Make sure to double check that your references’ contact information is still correct. This is especially important if someone is on vacation, in the hospital, or otherwise unavailable.
How many references should I have?
How many references do you need? Typically, you should have at least three references whom you are comfortable offering up. If you are early in your career and have only had one or two jobs, employers will generally understand if you only have one or two references from managers.
2. It’s always best to have more than the minimum number of references, so aim for three to five references. This will show that you have a range of experiences and perspectives to offer.
3. When choosing your references, be sure to pick people who you know will speak highly of you and your work. Ask them in advance if they are comfortable being a reference, and make sure they are aware of your current situation and the types of opportunities you are seeking.
Can a bad reference cost you a job?
A reference can show that you are not suitable for a job if it is fair and accurate. For example, a reference can show you do not have enough experience for a job or say that you were dismissed.
Do employers call all three references?
The employers who call your references are usually the ones who have you as their final candidate, or one of their top two choices. Sometimes they’ll call the references of their top three or four candidates. Occasionally, an employer will check the references of everyone they interview, but I think that’s inconsiderate to the references.
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