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  • How to Make the Best Use of References

    Wetfeet
    Job Search
    Advice for Scientists
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    You will probably be asked for references before you receive a job offer—sometimes as early as at the screening interview, sometimes when you interview with the hiring manager, and sometimes only when an offer is extended "subject to a satisfactory check of references." It isn't unusual, however, for people to be hired without a reference check, particularly if they come to the organization through a referral, if they've previously held a part-time job at the company, or if the hiring manager is in a hurry. Get Permission In any case, your references are valuable to you, and you need to treat them with respect. Obviously, it's a good idea to begin, early in your campaign, by asking potential references for permission to give their names. If they grant it, express your appreciation, offer to send them your ...