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Telephone Reference Check

Conclusion

Take time to check references. It's worth it.

Some managers view reference checking as a futile, cumbersome task. Many have abandoned the idea of doing little more than a cursory verification of a few facts. Some do absolutely nothing, relying solely on their gut feelings. Many assign the task to whomever in the organization has some spare time, or they just rely on outsiders to do the job. But now you know the value of reference checks. If you follow the recommendations in this booklet and do the job yourself, you'll end up with fewer disappointments, saving considerable time and frustration in the long run.

Take time to check references.

It's worth it.