frequently asked questions
Searching for a job is stressful enough without having to worry about what your references are saying, and that’s where we come in. Read below to learn more about what we do, and how we do it!
How does CheckMyReferences work?
It’s simple. We start by gathering all of your information; past employers, your past job titles and responsibilities, and all the relevant information about your references. Once we have everything in line, we immediately assign your case to a counselor and begin to make the calls.
Nurses, Teachers and First Responders, we want to do something nice for you!
We understand that your jobs are unique, and necessary for the health & well-being of our world. When you order a Professional Reference Check, we will automatically include custom questions, specific to your industry. We normally charge for these types of custom questions, but for Nurses, Teachers & First Responders…there is no additional charge for your custom questions!
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How many times will you call, and do you leave messages?
We call as many times as it takes to get to your reference, that’s what you’re paying us to do. Many other services will call three times, then tell you it is a “bad reference” because they couldn’t get a response. You need to know what is being said, and we will find out. We don’t like leaving messages, and we do everything we can to avoid it. We would rather not give your reference advanced warning as to the nature of our call.
Will a former employer know that I hired you to check my reference?
They will never know that we are calling from CheckMyReferences, or that you initiated this reference verification. We have another business entity that performs employment verifications for employers, and will identify ourselves as being from that company if necessary.
How many references should I have checked?
You should check as many previous bosses, managers, direct supervisors, or co-workers at a former job, as you can. Basically, anyone who would be able to disclose information to a prospective employer. This way, you can rest-easy with the knowledge of what they might will say about you, and if you should be using them as a reference at all.
What can my references say or reveal about me?
Each company has their own policies about disclosing information regarding past employees. Sometimes they will only release employment dates and your position, but most often we are still able to obtain employment information from former bosses who are willing to talk. These people are the ones that a potential employer will be calling to get information about you, so they’re the ones you want to hear from first!
Can you ask specific questions from my former employers?
We’ve put together a slate of questions that are designed to uncover anything that a former employer or co-worker might say about you, and that get to any hidden implications. But if you’re set on having very specific questions asked, we offer custom questions for an additional fee with our Basic & Professional Reference Checks.
Who would be my best reference?
When you’re looking for a new job, most potential employers are going to call your last supervisor. They are usually the best source of information, which is why you should do everything you can to find out what they are going to say. This is especially true since you will usually include their names on your new job application. You might want us to call Human Resources as well to find out what the “official statement” would be from your former employer.
If my old boss says negative things about me, or lies, what can I do?
Your decision on what to do will really depend on what the former employer reveals. If they have disclosed untrue information that you can disprove, you might want to contact an attorney who specializes in employment law and related issues. You should definitely seek the advice of an attorney if you wish to pursue legal action against them.
Alternatively, you may want to use someone else at your former job that would give you a favorable reference. What your former employer is saying can affect your chances of getting a new job so you want to find out as much as you can.
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Basic Reference Check
The fundamental information, employment history and accomplishments. Recommended for individuals who were not in a management position, or for contacting an HR department.
Professional Reference Check
Executive Reference Check