Are reference checks worth it?
As part of background screening best practices, some organizations opt to do reference checks for both employees and volunteers. The question is, are they worth it?
To be clear, references must be an addition to background checks, NEVER a replacement for them. While a background check will give your organization facts about the criminal records, references can be a tool for you to get a more personal sense of the applicant. Like employment reference checks, these are probably best done with a grain of salt as most people will have the common sense to only give good references. Still, references are a potentially worthwhile part of the process.
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