References are personal contacts (typically former employers, colleagues and personal associates) that offer further insight into the applicant. Contacting references for potential employees will help you to:
- Learn More About a Potential Employee – Find out what a prospective employee is really like in a professional setting by contacting a former employer.
- Ensure that an Applicant is Being Truthful - Checking references also helps to ensure that a resume isn't "creatively enhanced." If there are any potential problems, this is one of the best ways to find out - before you make an offer.
How it Works
References (either listed or developed from former employers) are queried with a battery of uniform questions in order to provide an overview of the applicant’s abilities.