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    Has anyone ever been a Job Reference ?

    I've never had to be a job reference before, so I'm wondering what kinda questions you get asked and how long do you have to hang on the phone answering them. I can assume some, but I'm sure all kinds.

    I'm sure someone here has had to do this before??

    My niece is going through job hunting and wants to use me as a reference, but I just said "I suppose so"
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    Quote Originally Posted by imrokhaard
    Sounds like you really love her!
    Yes....yes, I know. But I don't want to say no, nor do I want to be responsible for botching a potential job for her.
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    Usually only takes a few minutes.
    They may ask: 'what are the applicant's weaknesses?'
    or 'if the applicant is in this situation how would they respond?'

    Be prepared for that crap and have some really nice things to say. Hope you don't have to bullshit too much.

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    LOL man!!!!! You guys are as much help as titts on a fukkin door man. Thats why I love ya all!!

    Thanks Hoops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imrokhaard
    http://vancouver.craigslist.org/ers/239623205.html

    I'd bet you'd at least consider a mouth through a door though!
    We all could advertise we suck cock if we were outta town.
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    Done this

    They will call and want to know about if she was reliable?
    Can she work alone?
    Can she work as part of a team?
    They will ask about any info above these questions like did she have a good attitude, other employees get along with her, etc. etc.

    Shouldn't take to long. Good for you for helping her out.
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    Unless she is trying to get a job with security issues, chances, your not getting a call. In my case, when I have hired someone, I have never called any references. Do you really think she/he would give any bad references...? Anyway most references are family or friends (non work), so they would generally not have much knowledge of work environment. But I have called past employers.. (just not current ones).

    In some cases companies hire employment agencies (happens often now) to find/interview they normally do a much more detailed back-ground check, and may contact you. And if they do contact you, they are just looking for character traits. Generally they first want to know if she is honest, loyal, on punctual, and sexy...(ok the last one is from everyone on the board) Then they may be checking to see if the information she said is accurate.

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    Is she really young and this will be her first job?? If so it will be mainly character questions - seeing as you are whats called a "personal reference" as opposed to a "work reference." They'll just want to know if she's responsible, reliable, etc.

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    Potential questions

    Given all the help and entertainment Hitrack has provided, here's an attempt to repay a tiny bit of the debt:

    At my company we always check references. However, we generally go for the previous employers on the list. Personal references are used only in the event that the person does not have previous work experience. This may be the case with Hatrick's (young ?) neice. Even in those circumstances we'd prefer the reference to be a former teacher or guidance counsellor at school.

    Typically we ask a mix of specific and open ended questions. Some of these may include?

    • How long have you know Ms. LookingForAJob?
    • What is/was your relationship to her?
    • What kind of employee/student is/was Ms. LookingForAJob?
    • What can you tell me about her work?
    • Was she puntual/reliable?
    • Did she always completer her assignments/homework on time?
    • What would you say are her strengths?
    • What areas would you say she needs to improve?
    • How did she work with her team/group?
    • How did she work by herself?
    • Would you consider her a team player?
    • Would you hire her again?
    • What would you consider best quality?

    These are just some of the questions we typically ask, depending on the answer more probing may occur. Especially the type that ask the referee to provide an example of a situation.

    Hope this helps.

    JE

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakey_edwards
    Given all the help and entertainment Hitrack has provided, here's an attempt to repay a tiny bit of the debt:

    At my company we always check references. However, we generally go for the previous employers on the list. Personal references are used only in the event that the person does not have previous work experience. This may be the case with Hatrick's (young ?) neice. Even in those circumstances we'd prefer the reference to be a former teacher or guidance counsellor at school.

    Typically we ask a mix of specific and open ended questions. Some of these may include?

    • How long have you know Ms. LookingForAJob?
    • What is/was your relationship to her?
    • What kind of employee/student is/was Ms. LookingForAJob?
    • What can you tell me about her work?
    • Was she puntual/reliable?
    • Did she always completer her assignments/homework on time?
    • What would you say are her strengths?
    • What areas would you say she needs to improve?
    • How did she work with her team/group?
    • How did she work by herself?
    • Would you consider her a team player?
    • Would you hire her again?
    • What would you consider best quality?

    These are just some of the questions we typically ask, depending on the answer more probing may occur. Especially the type that ask the referee to provide an example of a situation.

    Hope this helps.

    JE

    What he said!

    Also:

    1) Would you hire her again?
    2) Do you think she has career aspirations that she has dicussed with you?
    3) Can you provide an example where she has met or exceeded your expectations for a task you have assigned.
    4) What areas do you feel that she would require more training and or support in?
    5) How big are her tits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakey_edwards
    These are just some of the questions we typically ask, depending on the answer more probing may occur.
    hitrack, get ready then for some PROBING!!! (I hope not the anal kind) hehehe

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    The best reference in the circumstances

    I don't know how true this story is but it's funny so I'll tell it anyway.

    A former employer was once asked to write a letter of reference for a very nice, but very lazy, former employee. He liked the guy and didn't want to spoil his chances for the new job but he didn't want to lie either. So he thought about it for a long time, then grabbed his pen and wrote, "You will be fortunate indeed, if you can get Mr. Jones to work for you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup
    "You will be fortunate indeed, if you can get Mr. Jones to work for you."
    LOL!! Good one.

    Thanks all for the help. Believe it or not And yes she is 18, or is it 19 ?? But anyways this is her first more serious job, or atleast attempt to get one. Big tit's???? I'm not supposed to notice things like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hitrack
    My niece is going through job hunting and wants to use me as a reference, but I just said "I suppose so"
    Since you are not her employer, your reference can be only of the "character" variety, so expect questions such as "what kind of student was she in school", "is she a dependable person", "does she persevere in the face of challenges", "would you say she is an introvert or extrovert
    ", "does she get along well with others", etc.

    Since you will be known to be a relative, the caller will assume you will be casting the best light on your niece, so refrain from being over-glowing in your description of her. If the caller asks about her general skill-set, be realistic in your reply, as it will work out best for your niece if she is a good fit for the job to which she applied, rather than getting into a difficult situation that ends in a bad way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup
    I don't know how true this story is but it's funny so I'll tell it anyway.

    A former employer was once asked to write a letter of reference for a very nice, but very lazy, former employee. He liked the guy and didn't want to spoil his chances for the new job but he didn't want to lie either. So he thought about it for a long time, then grabbed his pen and wrote, "You will be fortunate indeed, if you can get Mr. Jones to work for you."
    That's classic, sunnysideup! I've worked with a LOT of people over the years about whom that would be the perfect thing to say in a reference. I've written it down for future ... ummm ... reference.

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