Most companies that are hiring high-level executives like CEO, CFOs, and presidents will require a personal reference.
A personal reference is a recommendation provided by someone who knows you outside of work.
Rather than speaking to your work experience and skills (as an employer might), personal references attest to your character and abilities.
This type of recommendation showcases your personality and people skills.
Personal references can attest to the quality of your overall character.
Examples of personal
references include pastors or other religious leaders, a contact person at a charity at which you volunteer, a longtime landlord, or a professor whose class you have taken.
The neighbors you have lived next to for some time.