As part of any recruitment process, reference checking forms a vital component. Normally, this will be completed by the Hiring Manager, Human Resources or a Recruitment Agency if you applied via one.
A wide range of questions will be asked of your current/former employer that may include things such as:
Some Things to Consider
While there is no way of knowing exactly what kind of questions will be asked during a reference check, as the questions will be based on the role you have applied for, who the company is and if there was anything they want to check based on your interview.
You can take some steps to ensure things run as smoothly as possible. We’ve included a few things to consider that may or may not be relevant to you. This is not an exhausted list, but can be used to consider the steps you may need to take as part of your recruitment process.
This can be a courtesy step. It can set the right impression when the company calls as the referee will be expecting the call, know which company is calling and that releasing professional information about you is OK.
You can also thank them in advance for assisting you with future job opportunities.
You might be able to understand what kind of reference check may be given, based on the type of reply they give when you ask, but this is not a guarantee.
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