Magazine article USA TODAY

Do Not Have Friends Check Your References

Magazine article USA TODAY

Do Not Have Friends Check Your References

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In today's competitive job market, employment references can hold your career in their hands. Their input is critical, and a poor, or even lukewarm, response during a reference check can derail even the most-promising job prospect.

With so much on the line, proactive job seekers may decide to check their own references before that important job interview. However, using a friend or family member to check references may do more harm than good, cautions Allison & Taylor, Detroit, Mich., a professional reference checking organization. Here is why:

* Most friends, however well intended, are not reference-checking professionals. They may act in an unprofessional manner, ask inappropriate or illegal questions, or allow something to slip that could compromise your position.

* Some states impose limitations or restrictions on impersonation. A friend or family member may use a ruse to elicit information from a reference. A good reference-checking enterprise knows the legal limitations of reference checking and does not cross those lines.

* A friend may not pick up on subtle verbal nuances conveyed by your reference. Intonation, wording, and hesitations in responses can be "red flags" to a professional reference checker that may not be picked up by an unseasoned ear. …

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