Do you have copies of your written performance reviews? Yes? If your reviews were good to great, then take them with you to interviews. They likely address many of the topics employers would cover in a reference check.
Give Your Performance Reviews to the Interviewer
As the conversation closes, hand the interviewer a file folder that holds your reviews. Tell the interviewer you thought they might be interested in what your managers have said about you and your job performance. You know, an instant reference check!
Be sure to use a file folder, not an envelope. It’s almost impossible to hold a file folder without opening it, especially if there’s something juicy, like a confidential performance review, inside it.
Conversely, it’s pretty easy to toss an envelope aside.
Trust me, after you leave, they will flip the folder open and read the positive feedback that you have received from past managers.
If your interview left them with doubts about your candidacy, this information will help relieve their concerns.
If they liked you, this information will confirm and help solidify their good opinion.
No Performance Reviews — Yet
What if you don’t have any written performance reviews? If you’re working, ask your boss for a review.
If they don’t want to prepare it for you, write it yourself and offer it your boss as a draft. Ask for edits. Then copy it to your company’s form for your boss’s signature.
The Speed Reference Check
If the employer wants to hire you, your performance reviews might satisfy them to the extent that they forego further reference checking.
That can speed up a job offer by a week or two. I have seen it happen more than once.
Updated October 2018
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