Human Resources News & Insights

The reference check: How to get useful, honest info

Reference checks can be one of the most valuable tools for making an informed hiring decision – but, as you know, it’s often tough to learn anything from a contact besides employment dates, titles and salaries. 

One bad reference shouldn’t automatically disqualify an applicant

You and your hiring managers are likely so busy that if you catch even a whiff that a candidate isn’t what you think he is, he’s tossed on the reject pile. But some workplace experts say you should reconsider. 

References: Managers air their unvarnished opinions of former workers

Think nobody gives references on ex-employees anymore? Think again. Some managers are brutally honest in their assessment of former colleagues.

Who’s to blame for hiring of drug-addicted doctor?

This recent case highlights the problems caused by untruthful references.

Positive reference gets company sued

Companies often withhold negative information about former employees to avoid defamation claims. But here’s how being too positive can cause legal problems.

Answers to two tricky HR questions: Disciplinary pay cuts and 900-number reference checks

Our team of experts fields real-life, everyday questions from HR managers and gives practical answers that can be applied by any HR pro in the same situation. Today: 1. The legality of using pay cuts as discipline and 2. the value of 900 numbers for reference checks.