Managers Rule Out A Third Of Candidates After Reference Checks
HRDive, March 14th, 2019
March 14, 2019,
Volume 252, Issue 2

"Managers in a new Accountemps survey said they remove as much as 34% of candidates from consideration for jobs in their organizations after checking references.

According to the more than 2,800 senior managers who responded to the survey, the information they want most from references are: a view into applicants' strengths and weaknesses (38%), descriptions of past duties (22%), confirmation of past job titles and dates of employment (19%) and insight into applicants' preferred work culture (12%).

Accountemps Executive Director Michael Steinitz said that reference checks carry as much weight as any other factor in the hiring process, but candidates treat them as an afterthought..."

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