The one thing you forgot that will cost you the job
When was the last time you spoke to your references?
If interviewing and securing a role is a business process like any other, then of course it’s worth preparing for and covering all your bases; in order to increase your chances of being successful.
All too often I find we contact a candidates references and get responses from lukewarm to downright frosty, even when we’ve requested the references are notified in advance we’ll be calling.
Given we then have to provide a verbatim transcript to your potential employer then there’s a chance this document costs you a job offer.
Let's say you worked for John 5 years ago. You haven’t spoken to John in those 5 years and in that time he’s given say, three references to potential employers on two or three separate occasions that you’ve been job hunting. Chances are John is starting to lose his lustre for you having spent 15 – 20 minutes a time discussing your virtues with several separate people. By now, you probably owe John a beer or two (or at least a phone call to say hi and thanks and to warn him people may be calling)
We quite often find reference givers are affronted to be called without warning on the basis they would have preferred prior warning or a “heads up” from you that you’re in the market and would they please speak on your behalf. Even better, a small briefing on the role you have applied for would help as well.
It seems to me too many job seekers are leaving this essential part of the job securing process to chance in the hope that a prior manager will indeed to continue to do right by them. If they barely remember you or haven’t heard from you in that time they may consider the approach presumptuous on your behalf and respond with a mediocre reference.
Worth doing something about, wouldn’t you say?