Reference Checking

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Sloppy reference checking

Sloppy reference checking. Few companies do a good job of reference checking. Some don't bother to check at all. When they do check, they often don't know how to get past personnel directors who, for legal reasons, refuse to tell much.

Rigorous reference checking is the most important part of candidate screening. When talking to a former boss, ask two key questions: "What are the negatives about this person?" and "if it were your company and your money, would you hire this person?".

Go beyond bosses and talk to peers, assistants, and clerical staff. The first comments they make are usually the most reliable clues. "Super person" or, perhaps, "Forget it" will give you more information than any number of resumes.

In general, a thorough reference check will take several days.



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