Management 101: The 3 Cardinal Rules of Reference Checks
TLNT: The Business of HR
JULY 2, 2015
I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: Reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are unreliable and invalid ways of measuring someone’s knowledge, skills and abilities. Reference checks are what you do when you want to know if someone is a jerk. The difference between a background check and a reference check is essential.