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Do You Know How to Conduct Effective Reference Checks?

Reference checks protect your company from making costly hiring mistakes.

When designed properly, a reference check will allow you to:
  • Verify a candidate's employment background to fill in gaps in work history or other missing application sections.
  • Determine the actual identity of a candidate to ensure he or she matches up with government identification systems.
  • Eliminate candidates who lie on their applications about their work and educational history.
  • Gather information about past work assignments and responsibilities as they relate to the resume provided.
  • Gain more insight into the candidate's suitability for the job and fit with your organization.
Keep reading to learn the five steps for effective and legal reference checks.

Hi Todd,

Do you know the five steps to an effective and legal reference check? Not sure? Then check out this month's Great Idea.

On a related note, don't miss our sample reference check form. You can download it from our Resource Center.

And if you're looking for more ways to improve hiring--or if you have an immediate need for help--please email me at


Travis Powell
Essential Personnel

Did you know?

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 100.6 million full-time wage and salary workers were $753 in the second quarter of 2011 (not seasonally adjusted). This was 1.8 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 3.4 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers over the same period.

Courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
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