Organising reference checks
Many employers require some sort of reference or character check of an applicant before a formal offer is made. Learn who to choose as a referee and what their role is.
What are reference checks and referees?
Depending on the role, you may be required to provide contact information for work or personal "referees". They could be your past managers, bosses, co-workers, or even friends (as a character reference).
You generally require references from two referees. Contact them in advance to see if they will act as a referee for you before giving out their details.
Once they’ve agreed to, explain the role and discuss how they can endorse those skills and attributes that relate most to the job by focusing on your achievements.
A senior teacher or faculty member could act as a referee if you’ve recently graduated from high school, university, or completed vocational training.
These referees are then contacted by your employer or recruiter and asked to validate or comment on:
- what you may have shared in your interview or included in your written application
- your skills and experiences that relate to the job
- how any personal attributes may add value to the organisation.
They may be asked to give a reference over the phone, or by answering questions online.
Other pre employment checks
In addition to referee checks, you may be required to undergo other assessments depending on the role and who you deal with, including a:
- working with children check
- national police check, which cannot be conducted without your consent
- security clearance or general background check.
Learn what you need to know about reference checks at seek.com.au