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Check References

After you interview the highest-qualified applicants, you'll have a lot to think about as you decide who to hire. One important thing that will help you make your decision is the process of checking references.

How to Request References

You should encourage job candidates to provide you with names of at least two references who can provide meaningful, job-related data. Chances are you made this request when posting the job opening, but once you've narrowed down the applicant pool and conducted interviews, you might want to suggest applicants provide former employers with a release to facilitate the information sharing.

How to Check References

You should check references after the interview process so that you’ll be able to objectively evaluate the applicant's qualifications and information presented during the interview. The purpose of checking references is to verify the individual's work and performance history in order to select the best-qualified applicant for the job, and a failure to check references can result in poor hiring choices that are costly in time, energy, and money.

Note: Human Resources can assist with reference checks. The hiring department can submit a Background Check Request for Education and Employment Verification along with the Background Check Request Form. Education and Employment Verification includes checking references and employment dates at up to 3 previous employers (within the past 7 years) and verifying the highest degree(s) earned. The cost of verifying education and employment information is $37 plus any fees charged by the institutions contacted, and will be billed to the same incidental account that was used for the background check.

Be sure to do the following as you check references:

Be Consistent

Prepare

Conduct the Reference Check

Evaluate Information