According to Monster.co.uk 85% of employers will check at least one of your references when offering you a position. Based on our experience, the vast majority of employers require an oral reference and definitely prefer that to a written one. That is why it is crucial to quote the most appropriate people. We discussed the subject of references checks in depth in one of our previous posts.
However, we’ve come across another point of view posted on LinkedIn. Here an extract from a conversation between an HR Manager and a job candidate while discussing final employment conditions:
– Ms Smith, would you like me to provide you with references from my previous employers?
– Please, call me Anne.
– With pleasure, Anne, call me Matt. So, about those references…?
– That won’t be necessary. If I wanted to be your new girlfriend, I wouldn’t ask your ex for references… we operate on a different level here.
However: it is much more likely your potential employer will check your references, so it’s better to be prepared. Make sure you check the quality of your references before offering somebody as a referee. In case you’d like to discuss, click here or contact us directly at Bichl.Sandra (at) CareerAngels.eu.