Post # 1
Sorry. I have been blowing up the career board lately…can you tell I am desperately seeking employment? lol.
I had an interview for a teaching job Monday and today the boss called me because he tried to contact my references and could not reach them because they were teachers work numbers and it is still summer vacation. I apologized for my stupid oversight and got him their personal phone numbers but I was pleased to know that he went so far as to call me to get accurate phone numbers 🙂
I don’t want to get too excited about this, as I still may not get the job, but I am wondering when references are usually called. Do employers do it out of routine for all applicants, are the done to compare the top contenders, or is it something done to solidify the standing of someone they already know they want to hire?
Post # 3
@PamelaBrit: I would NEVER waste my time with references unless I was serious about a candidate. I think it’s a great sign. 🙂 I should caveat that though that a lot of gov’t jobs do the pre-background check (aka personal references) merely to designate you as someone qualified for the position, so it really depends on the type of job.
Post # 5
I agree. I only check if I know I want them and I’m just crossing my T’s and dotting my I’s
Post # 6
I know the rule used to be “include references at the bottom of your resume” but when I went job hunting, I was told that now, it’s better to keep references until the employer/HR requests them because they’re mostly relevant for final candidates, only.
Honestly though, I don’t think mine have ever been checked, or my references would have told me later. My employers were pretty satisfied with just getting a background check and an application with the phone numbers of my former employers.