It’s (astronomically) official. Last week’s solstice confirmed the arrival of summer, and with it: warmer and – let’s face it – often lazier days. While it’s tempting to let everything slide a little during this time of year, checking references could be the difference between a great hire and a terrible one. References from former managers can offer valuable insight into a candidate’s working style and personal character. Avoid poor reference checking, by avoiding these three lazy approaches:
You’ve caught the eye of a potential employer and scored an interview. The next step is clear; you’ve heard it time and again: “Be prepared. Do your research.” What isn’t so clear is what “doing your research” really means. The following is a two-part breakdown of what you should be doing.
Learn About the Company
Look for the company’s mission statement or core values on its website. Think about how your potential work aligns with this mission, and how your particular background and experience has prepared you to advance the company’s vision and goals.
You’ve reached that point in the interview – the momentary lull following a series of Q & As when the interviewer asks if you have any questions. It’s important to know that the interviewer is not doing this to answer literally any question you might have, but rather to observe whether you’ll ask the kinds of questions that exemplify that you’re a good fit for the organization.
What You Shouldn’t Do:
Don’t be fooled: This is still very much part of the interview and something you should prepare for.