To learn more about your character, work ethic, and skills, potential employers want to communicate with people who know you and your work. You may be asked for references at any point during the job search process, but it is common practice to provide references after the interview. Sometimes online applications will require a list of references.

Create a Separate Reference Page

Create a page of references and bring printed copies to your interview. Select three to five professional references who have good things to say about you. Include supervisors or advisors from your most recent work, academic, and co-curricular experiences.

Choose and Ask Your References

Be sure to ask the people you’ve chosen for their permission to be listed as a reference. Also send your references a quick email with your resume attached—this helps prepare them for a phone call.