There are no laws preventing an employer, coworker, or anyone else from providing a poor reference for someone else.
2. An employer may face liability if they make an untrue statement about an applicant’s performance.

“Do they check everyone’s references?”

We typically don’t check references until a candidate is short-listed.
2. It’s time-consuming, so we don’t do this for every candidate.
3. Also, we don’t check references for every candidate, even when they’re selected for a position.
4. References are usually more relevant for higher-profile positions.

Who should you use as a reference?

The best professional references are often your former boss and coworkers.
2. Other good professional references include people at your internship, current coworkers, clients, and people where you volunteer.
3. A professor or teacher can also be a good professional reference.

What questions do employers ask references?

How do you know the candidate?
2. How did you work with the candidate?
3. How did the candidate’s employment end?
4. What were the candidate’s job titles or roles?
5. Did the candidate receive any promotions at this company?
6. Does the candidate possess the job skills required for this position?

Are references just a formality?

Reference checks are an essential part of the hiring process – don’t skip them just because they may be a bit of a nuisance.
2. Use the list of former employers provided by the candidate, and make sure to call each one.
3. Keep the following in mind when conducting reference checks: be prepared with a list of specific questions, be open-minded, and be respectful of the references’ time.

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