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An important part of the interview process normally comes after the actual interview. This could be the best or worst part of the process, depending on what former employers have or will say about you to other potential employers.

Perhaps you feel that you were unjustly fired, or left a company on bad terms. There are reference checking services that you can use as a free basic service, or pay a fee that will check your employment references for you. But, before you embark on this process you should be aware of the questions that you will need to answer. If you feel that either your employer will not provide a reference but just dates of employment, there is no reason to continue on with using this type of service. If you left on good terms, then there would be no reason for a negative reference to be sent on to your potential employer especially for an international job option.

Many job seekers wonder if employers actually check your provided references. Well, they do and it has been reported that eight out of ten human resource professionals check references provided by interview candidates. The more skilled the job is to be filled, references will be checked even more.

As a rule of thumb, the average employer will check on at least three references. It is extremely important for you to have these available when you are being interviewed and be honest with answers to questions about why you left different positions as this will be discovered during the reference checking period. You will always be asked your permission to check on your references due to legal reasons.

When you have gathered the references that you will use for your interview, it is a good idea to have any letters of reference from past employers so you are always ready for an employer asking for them. A good way to gather letters of reference is to ask for one when you leave a position, as many times a person who you worked for many leave their position or the company entirely and it is easy to lose track of past employers. If you have these reference letters on hand you can refer back to them as to your employment dates, position held, duties, etc.

If you have already left a company without getting a letter of reference first, you can approach them and ask them if they feel comfortable in your work abilities to write the recommendation.