Should you send your references with your resume?

As a rule of thumb, you don’t need to include references in your resume. However, if the employer explicitly says within the job listing that they’ll want to speak with your references, it would be appropriate to include them on your resume.

How many references should you provide on a resume?

There is no set number of references that you should include on your resume reference list. You should at least add two references, though the standard is usually three. Some employers may ask for a specific number or type of reference, so read the job posting to ensure you choose the right number and type.

How long does a reference check take?

Make sure that the reference check is completed by your prospective employer by checking with the contacts you have given. Usually it takes 2–3 days once the reference check is completed, if the recruiter is busy with other immediate hiring it may take a bit longer.

What do you do if your references don’t answer?

If the person doesn’t respond to you, strike that person off your list of references. Either way, give the employer another reference.

Do employers ever call references before interview?

While it’s not unheard of for an employer to ask for references prior to the first interview, I urge you to exercise caution and not go along with the employer’s request. Here’s why: The most common practice is for the prospective employer to ask for references later in the hiring process.