References Who Know Your Growth Potential

Many job seekers overlook critical steps when lining up references.

Gabriel Lucas

Jan 26, 2021

References Who Know Your Growth Potential

References should, of course, be able to speak about your major project work from a firsthand basis. But have you ever asked your references about your areas of growth? Most people assume references will only share positive information, but in fact, 90% of such calls do include constructive or critical feedback. This should not be cause for alarm — someone who only offers positive praise comes across as adulatory and artificial — but job seekers would be wise to dry-run reference calls to learn what a potential employer will be hearing. You may knock an interview out of the park, but a reference who offers counterpoints that you never address or acknowledge may ultimately sink your candidacy.

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