by Carol Nibley
One of the questions I’m often asked by employers is about giving and receiving references. While reference checking of prospective employees and providing references for former employees can be sensitive, you have no reason to fear! Managed carefully, both can be productive. This month we focus on checking candidate references.

Perhaps you have gone through the interview process with a candidate and feel comfortable that this candidate is a good fit for the job. However, the previous person in the job really bombed and you are afraid of making another hiring mistake. Since past performance is often the best predictor of future success, it is wise to speak with previous managers to get a more complete picture of the candidate before extending an offer. Following are a few tips:

Since the motives and judgment of reference providers are largely unknown to potential employers, look for a similar pattern of responses in the calls you make.

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