Reference checks have been an integral part of the hiring process for decades. Before a hire is completed, the hiring company checks in with previous employers or other contacts to glean information about the candidate, helping the hiring team reach a better decision.
But do references carry the same weight they did previously? Does it make sense in today’s work climate to make it an important piece of the hiring process or to do it at all? Here are some positives and negatives associated with this common practice.