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It’s often hard to gauge what questions you will be asked in an interview, let alone what a future hiring manager may ask your references. As a result, it’s very important to prepare and coach your references on a) what you are applying for, and b) what they should be conveying to that hiring manager about you. The worst thing you can do is have your reference be unclear about what role they play in the success of your new potential opportunity. Be sure to give your references a copy of your resume, tell them about your strengths, and let them know your future aspirations and why you’d be a good fit with that organization. Don’t worry about taking up their time, as you will be able to pay them back (or someone else) down the road.   Check out this article on three great tips about setting your references up for success. Link>>