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4 Reasons Why You Should Always Check a Candidate’s References


According to a new survey from SkillSurvey, which offers an online reference-checking solution, 70 percent of hiring professionals always check references for every candidate.

That number is higher than I expected it to be. Beyond verifying dates of employment, what useful information can a reference really give you?

As it turns out, there are a lot of benefits to reference-checking – provided you’re not still stuck in the Stone Age, checking references by telephone. SkillSurvey and other reference-checking solutions have turned the reference-checking process into a valuable component of the hiring process, one that can have a number of benefits for employers.