References have always been seen where employers check past candidate’s work history by contacting past employer to validate the resume.
However, candidates should also do their homework on potential employers.
According to the August 27, 2016 Globe and Mail article,Job candidates are checking references on their potential employers , looks how job candidates are researching potential employers by using social media tools such as LinkedIn to find out about the organization and its culture by contacting past or current employees.
As much as the employers have the final decision in making the job offer, a candidate has the final decision to accept the role. Each party should assess each others’ potential fit.