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Old 06-22-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I applied for a job recently and they are checking my references- is this a good sign?

I have posted on here quite a bit- I have been running my own business for over a year now as my "back up career plan". I am an older career changer that wanted to get into cost accounting however the jobs at entry level are few and far between and my age has been an issue. I had the business idea as a backup plan however a cost job opened up in a small town less than 10 miles from my house at a small manufacturer. I would really like to get the CMA designation which requires two years of experience.

I applied, interviewed and they seemed really interested. They requested my references a week later. Does this mean I may have a chance at the job?

My objective for the business has always been geared towards remote work in specialized areas. I can still operate in the evenings and weekends with a few minor adjustments. If the job turns out to be what I want to be doing and is challenging enough there is no telling how long I will stay with them- There is a lot to be said for working close to home. (I am 55 miles from a major city and really hate commuting)

So, is it a good sign?
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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Based on my experience, it means that you are one of several (or many) people who are still in the running, but by no means does it mean anything other than that.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Thanks Joe,
I wasn't sure if it was a sign of a "sure thing" or just more screening.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I think it depends on the job, and how many applicants were interviewed... I went on 6 interviews in the last month, and the only one to check my references offered me the job (which I accepted). So I would say it's a very good sign! But in my line of work, which is a government/public position, they don't bother checking references on more than one or two candidates - which might differ from other types of jobs. Good luck, either way!
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Well, I was supposed to hear something today and it's 1:30pm with no call yet. That is NOT a good sign. They would probably call the "winning candidate" first and offer the job. Since it is getting late in the day I can only assume I will get a "sorry....." phone call or e-mail around 4pm.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Is this a good sign. Is that a bad sign. You will just drive yourself nuts trying to analyze everything and it won't do you much good.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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I sell background screening for a living, and it usually means one of three things:

It's part of a hiring policy to background each candidate that gets to X round of the hiring process and it means nothing.

Or

You've reached the part of the process where they're seriously considering hiring you so they're doing a background/reference check as due diligence to make sure you're a good fit for the company.

Or

It's between you and one or two other candidates and they're searching for ways to narrow it down to one.


If they're having a background screening company do the reference check it's costing them money to do it, so they're either serious (small company) or it's just a process (big company). If they're doing it themselves then they're probably serious as checking references is a time consuming and PITA process for a person in a hiring position to do.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Originally Posted by cdubs3201 View Post
I sell background screening for a living, and it usually means one of three things:

It's part of a hiring policy to background each candidate that gets to X round of the hiring process and it means nothing.

Or

You've reached the part of the process where they're seriously considering hiring you so they're doing a background/reference check as due diligence to make sure you're a good fit for the company.

Or

It's between you and one or two other candidates and they're searching for ways to narrow it down to one.


If they're having a background screening company do the reference check it's costing them money to do it, so they're either serious (small company) or it's just a process (big company). If they're doing it themselves then they're probably serious as checking references is a time consuming and PITA process for a person in a hiring position to do.
In your experiences, have you witnessed the past employers giving you information other than the title and dates worked at the former company?
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I applied for a job recently and they are checking my references- is this a good sign?
Yes.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I guess it was a good sign, they had me fill out the application and a background check form and I will be meeting with them for an offer.
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