The importance of job references


If you are on the hunt for a new job, it’s easy to start feeling confident once a potential employer starts calling your references. Elizabeth Dutkiewicz, branch manager for Robert Half in New Haven, explains what exactly is being looked at when managers make those calls.

We are in a job seekers market, meaning there is a candidate shortage. Companies are in search of skilled candidates to join their organization more so than ever before. However, according to Accountemps, a division of Robert Half, senior managers still feel that candidates need to be buttoned up in their search, which includes avoiding missteps with references.

According to Accountemps data, the main reasons senior managers both checking references were:

  • 38% said to get a view into the applicants strengths and weaknesses
  • 22% said to get to get a description of past jobs and duties
  • 19% said to confirm job titles and dates of employment

For more information, watch the interview above.

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