What’s the usual criteria for selecting a personal referee for a job application? That’s neither an academic nor work referee. Is putting a neighbour or similar usually fine? It seems a little weird to request a personal referee, to me.
Yes. It is. God parents? Uncles? Aunts? Family friend?
Yeah, a personal referee is usually someone who has known you for 5 years or more and is a professional. I.e. a doctor, vet, qualified “something”… Usually they look for something like “I’ve known Aethelwulf for 8 years and I would not hesitate to put him/her forward for a job” type thing.
I think it is ok, as long as it is backed by a work referee. Obviously if you haven’t got a work one, then just a personal one is the next best thing.