Marissa called frustrated and at wits end. She’d applied for a job, got the interview, was in the final two candidates. When her references were checked, one of them said they would not recommend her for the type of job where analytical work would be one of the most important tasks.
Turns out the reference had prior experience and was unsatisfied with Marissa’s work. But she didn’t know that, because she hadn’t vetted the reference. For that matter, she hadn’t vetted the job very well either. She’d applied for a job where her core capabilities didn’t align with the most important skills the job required.
The offer went to the other candidate.