Checking References

Employment references have been used as one of the resources in selecting successful candidates.  It is really to gauge how other employers perceive a former or current  employee.

Most often a positive review is given because candidates provide references from people who will speak highly of them.  Also, employers do not want to provide negative image of a former employees because of a potential lawsuit.  (refer to References)

If done properly, reference checks can be a great resources in hiring the right person for the job.

The February 11, 2016, Harvard Business provides recommendations on checking references effectively, The Right Way to Check a Reference

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