Getting references: The importance of a positive reference

When you recruit staff, it is worthwhile asking applicants for references from their former employers. A reference is a good indicator.

Obtaining information from the applicant’s former employer may help with the final choice. However, it is not allowed to inquire about a person without his/her prior consent. Ask the applicant if it is possible to contact former employers especially if he/she mentioned them as references.

When you contact former employers, ask targeted questions about the applicant’s work, service and conduct and strengths and weaknesses.


Last modification 20.04.2022

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