13 Purpose of References

At the end of a job interview, if your interviewer(s) are interested in moving to the next step, they will typically request that you provide them with a list of references. This is a list of people who have supervised you, worked closely with you, or know you personally and can speak about you in a professional or personal capacity, or both. References allow employers to verify that the information on your resume is true and it gives them the opportunity to ask questions to determine whether or not you will be a good employee.

Unless otherwise indicated, this chapter is an adaptation of Be the Boss of Your Career: A Complete Guide for Students & Grads by Lindsay Bortot and Employment Support Centre, Algonquin College, and is used under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license.

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