Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Series: Checking References

Why and how to check references, and what to do with the information that comes up.

Checking References: Yes, You Should Check References June 22nd, 2022

Reference checking isn’t optional: it can save you from making a big mistake. Reference checks are your last line of defense against hiring a jerk.

Checking References: How to Check References June 24th, 2022

Part two of my reference check series, covering the nuts and bolts of conducting a reference check. When should you check references? How many? How should you contact references? What questions should you ask?

Checking References: What to do if a reference check goes wrong July 6th, 2022

Most of the time, reference checks go very well: you only turn up information that confirms your decision to hire this candidate. But sometimes — maybe about 10% of the time — the reference will tell you something concerning. Here’s what to do if that happens.