References and Background Checks

Most interviewers know it’s unwise to make a hiring decision without first checking an applicant’s references and, in many instances, conducting a thorough background check. Despite well-honed recruiting, screening, and interviewing skills, even the most seasoned interviewers feel uncomfortable extending a job offer without more closely examining information about the person selected. Reliance on references and background checks has increased, due in part to concerns over charges of negligent hiring and retention. Employers conducting reference and background checks need to be able to distinguish two forms of information gathering and consider relevant legal guidelines.


2 thoughts on “References and Background Checks”

  1. Background checks are much more thorough than reference checks. References are subjective and background checks are objective. This is important to remember.

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