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Four Good Things About Checking References

October 19, 1999
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Why check references?

  1. It can help you substantiate or nullify facts gathered in the interview. It can also bring new ones to light.
  2. It can help you place the proper interpretation on the information obtained, or lead to new understandings of the applicant.
  3. It can enable you to become more objective in your appraisal.
  4. If the applicant is hired, the information can help a supervisor or manager do a better job of motivating and directing the employee.

SOURCE: Richard H. Magee, Helene Curtis Industries, Chicago, writing for Personnel Journal (now Workforce).

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