Contacting an applicant’s former employers is an essential step in the screening process. There are two types of information most employers seek from professional references:
- Professional data: verification of dates of employment with last employer, job title, salary, and attendance.
- Personal data: verification of academic credentials, driving records (if relevant) and others.
Keep in mind that you should not ask a reference any questions you are prohibited from asking an applicant. Restrict your inquiry to job-related issues.
You must also check information furnished by all candidates without discrimination against any group. Many employers have been snagged for making cursory checks of white applicants but probing more deeply in the case of minorities.
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