Organizations vary widely on whether or not they do reference checks on candidates. Check references carefully. Some companies you call may only be willing to confirm facts for fear of a defamation lawsuit. Others, however, may give you some insight into the candidate. Listen to the tone of how the reference tells you about the candidate.
At the very least, checking references will confirm the truthfulness of the candidates and their resumes. If you make these calls and document the results, here are some sample questions to help you get the most useful information.
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Also, reference check value may be increased if done after interviews and/or assessments so that you have specific questions or hypotheses to explore with the people you call.
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