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SMB News: Making a Reference List, Checking It Twice

SMB News: Making a Reference List, Checking It Twice

By Karen Axelton Santa Claus isn’t the only one who’s making a list and checking it twice this time of year. Smart small business owners will do the same when they’re interviewing job candidates. A new study from CareerBuilder highlights some of the risks you could take if you don’t bother to contact a job candidate’s references. Nearly 30 percent of employers report having caught a fake reference on a candidate’s job application. And almost two-thirds (62 percent) say that when they contacted a reference listed on an application, the reference didn’t have good things to say about the candidate. The overwhelming majority of employers (80 percent) say they regularly contact references when they’re considering potential employees. Nearly 70 percent of employers say they’ve changed their minds about a candidate after talking to a reference; of those, 47 percent say the discus...

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