Reference checks are a common part of the hiring process and serve two
main purposes: (1) verifying your previous employment and (2) qualifying
your work performance. Employers want to make fully educated decisions
about whether a candidate is right for the job before they offer them a
Ask potential references for their permission in advance, and verify make sure you have their correct contact information.
Give each reference a list of talking points, describing the position and giving insight into the kinds of questions they may be asked, such as your work ethic, how well you work under pressure, etc.
Keep your references updated on your progress. Tell them which companies might contact them and, if possible, job descriptions for the potential positions.
Remember to thank your references for their support throughout your search and show them how much they're appreciated by sending an email or taking them out for a nice meal.
Follow these guidelines and you'll receive much more impressive recommendations from your references. We swear by it!