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References Cane Be Highly Useful Tools, But The
Paper Is Only As Good As The Person Behind It

Has this ever happened to you - You get an application or resume and the information looks so good and it's just what you desire, that it seems almost too good to be true? And then you check the References and it isn't - true.

(Quick Note): If you're open minded about it ... You may just find that the person is actually better than the reference. This takes intuition and maybe even a hunch!

By the time you finish reading this page you'll have access to information dealing with such issues as:

Understanding the importance of References
Understanding the importance of being "open-minded" about References
Learning what you need to know from References
Knowing what to do with what you learn from References

Discover what successful employers have learned is one of their best tools for finding good employees.

As an employer, you've learned there's a great deal to be gained from References.

Asking for and checking References up front is a good screening tool. It will help you choose the right employee - before you take the time and energy to give an interview.

People can look really good on paper A person can tell you anything, (they think you want to hear), on an application or in a resume.

The "litmus test" becomes their References.

Just how much of what's on paper can be backed up with real information?

What you need to know Most employers want to know something about a person's history on a personal level as well as on a work experience level.

Many employers ask for personal References from people outside of previous work positions. This is to find out about a person's character. Which is really just as important as their work experience.

Beyond the basic requirements of their work experience, you're looking for a person who will do the work well and also work well with others already working with you.

As an employer, no doubt you've had a few unpleasant experiences of your own with some employees.

It's a fact of life - Not everyone is going to please or get along with everyone else.

So, it's very important that you try to learn about a "possible" employee's relationships with others. From their co-workers to their supervisors.

It's also important to learn if this person has a history of being repeatedly late for or absent from work.

What to do with what you know

You can a "bad" Reference from a past employer, which you'll need to think about seriously.

But - You must not let your experiences or those of a past employer to completely shade your perceptions when you're thinking about hiring a person.

What you need to be looking for more is any kind of pattern of bad work related habits and/or attitudes revealed when you research a prospective employee's history.

In today's work world, there are new laws and guidelines about just what you can and can't ask past employers about a "possible" employee.

Most states won't let you give or get any more information than dates of employment and rate of pay. So, you need to be aware of just what information you can legally ask when conducting a Search for Employees.

Bottom line ... References are one of your best tools for finding the good employees you need.

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