Checklist for Checking References

Author(s): Jennifer Perrier

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Most companies have had to fire people for reasons that could have been discovered through simple reference checks. In many instances, employers will ask about a candidate’s past strengths, but many employers fail to ask about the candidate’s weaknesses. Reference checking is a skill, and you have to be able to ask difficult questions.

This checklist covers:

  • Identifying the candidate's ideal employment match.
  • Discovering the candidate's actions in specific situations.
  • Requesting an opinion of the candidate's overall competence.
  • Determining the candidate's reason for leaving the previous position.

Take the right steps to ensure you complete a successful reference check.

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