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August 2011 Edition
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Hi Reader,

Do you know the five steps to an effective and legal reference check? Not sure? Then check out this month's Great Idea.

On a related note, check out our sample reference check form from our Resource Center.

And if you're looking for more ways to improve hiring--or if you have an immediate need for help--please email me at


Melisa Bedunah
Personnel Services

Do You Know How to Conduct Effective Reference Checks?
Reference checks protect your company from making costly hiring mistakes.

When designed properly, a reference check will allow you to:

  • Verify a candidate's employment background to fill in gaps in work history or other missing application sections.
  • Determine the actual identity of a candidate to ensure he or she matches up with government identification systems.
  • Eliminate candidates who lie on their applications about their work and educational history.
  • Gather information about past work assignments and responsibilities as they relate to the resume provided.
  • Gain more insight into the candidate's suitability for the job and fit with your organization.

Click here to learn the five steps for effective and legal reference checks.

Tools from our Resource Center

Reference Check Form

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Did you miss last month's issue of Great Ideas?
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