Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job

By Tony Beshara | Go to book overview

Chapter 19
Reference Checking Your
Next Employer

Now that you have an offer or are closer to one, consider this idea. It is rare for a candidate to ever be considered for hire unless his or her references are checked. These are usually previous employers, previous supervisors, or sometimes people with whom the candidate has a personal relationship. They can speak to a candidate’s integrity, character, work ethic, previous work performance, etc. This is one of the very many ways that hiring organizations try to protect themselves from making a mistake in hiring.

What is equally as rare is a candidate that thinks to check the “references” of an organization that he or she is thinking about going to work for. It seldom crosses the candidates’ mind to pursue just as much due diligence about the organization or the individuals in it, as the organization should pursue about him or her as a candidate.

Most of us work for smaller firms where we not only establish personal relationships with the people we work with, but usually also take on the “identity” of the company. Since companies and the people in them put their best foot forward when interviewing you, as a candidate, they rarely reveal the difficulties, struggles, or problems they have as a company. Just like you, as a candidate, didn’t reveal the risks that you bring to being employed, your prospective employer isn’t going to intentionally reveal its risks in the interviewing process.

Think about most of the jobs that you have had. Did the company, the job, or the people in the company turn out to be exactly what they appeared to be when you were being recruited by them?

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