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Lesson 3. References > Negligent Hiring - Pg. 12

12 Chapter 3. References In this lesson, you learn how to obtain good reference information that will help you conduct a more meaningful interview. You also learn what questions you can legally ask and what areas to avoid. Why Check References? Of all the tasks associated with hiring new employees, checking references has historically ranked among the least favored. All too often, managers don't bother to contact former employers because they think that reference checks are an exercise in futility. Some studies by the American Manage- ment Association estimate that the references of as many as 70 percent of all new hires were never checked. Big mistake. Here are the two best reasons I know for conscientiously checking the references of prospective employees: · Reference checks help prevent lawsuits for negligent hiring.