When you are job searching, expect to having your references checked by prospective employers. Here's what you need to know about reference checks, including the reference check questions your previous employers will be asked, what employers can disclose, and information on more detailed background and credit checks for employment.
Do keep in mind that not all companies provide references. Some may only confirm that you worked there and your dates of employment. However, it's important to be prepared for what your previous employers and the references you have given to a prospective employer may be asked. Review these reference check question samples so you will know what to expect.
Be prepared to provide a list of your references to prospective employers. Here's a sample list of references to provide to employers upon request for a reference list. Don't include the reference list when you send your resume or list references on your resume. Rather, have your references on a separate page that you can give to employers when they ask for them.
Employers typically use a reference check form when they check a job applicant's references. By using a form and standard questions, they will be collecting the same information for every candidate whose references they check. Here's a sample reference check form, complete with the questions that may be asked about your previous employment.