When interviewing for a new job, prospective employers almost always ask for professional references. To prepare for this part of your interview, here are a few useful tips to follow:
- Type your references with the same header you used for your resume. This way, if your professional references sheet gets separated from your resume, the hirer will know to whom the references refer.
- For each reference, include name, title, company name, address, phone number, and email address.
- Call references as far in advance as possible to give them ample warning.
- Let your references know the position and company name you’re interviewing for. Also, give your references a few details about what the position entails, so that they know what information to highlight when they’re contacted by the prospective employer.
- Send a thank-you note (or email) to each reference to show your appreciation for their time and efforts.
- Stay in regular contact with your professional references. You never know when you might need to use them again.