Created on Monday, 26 October 2009 17:26
Written by Elaine
It's a tough fight between another candidate and you. What now?
If it is a job at an established company with good prospects and pays well, it is very likely your list of references will be checked.
Most people barely give a thought to references but have, instead, channeled all energy on polishing their resume and improving their interview skills. But as you get nearer to clinching that dream job, references can make or break your chances.
Direct bad responses like "Are you sure you want to employ him?" or those with innuendoes like "Is he still in this field?" can really blow your chances of the job offer. Similarly, neutral, or no, responses like "Who's that?", "Our company policy prohibits us from making comments on past employees" or "Oh, I don't know what to say. I didn't know I was one of his references", can reflect very negatively of you. On the other hand, if you bothered with your references, interviewers may get the impression that you are a good worker who doesn't even leave the smallest detail alone.
Here are some tips for tip-top references in your resume.
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