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Reference Checking Insults Job Interviews Finding a Job

I went to a job interview and gave the interviewer copies of some very positive letters written by some of my former employers. He tossed them aside and said letters aren't worth much because no one ever puts anything negative in writing. Are reference letters useless?

The only useless thing in this situation is a job interviewer who tosses an applicant's reference letters aside. Granted that these letters are typically in the glowing range, they nonetheless give a potential employer additional insight and verification regarding an applicant's positions, accomplishments, and responsibilities.

It is still important for companies to conduct further job-related references, such as by telephoning previous employers, but even in such cases, these letters can serve as a basis for more effective data gathering. In fact, one of the more effective ways to gather data in a reference check phone call is for the potential employer to indicate that he or she would like to verify some information about a particular applicant.

You are justifiably proud of these letters that describe your past performance so positively, and you probably felt insulted, hurt, and upset when the interviewer flipped them aside. Any job interviewer that would treat an applicant so thoughtlessly is telling you that his skills as a screener are fixated at the pre-kindergarten level. And, the fact that a person at this skill level is conducting job interviews does not fingerpaint a very pretty picture of the company either.

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