Q1: In 2015 you wrote a blog article that asked if reference checks were worthwhile. The short answer was a definite yes. Is this still true 3 years later despite the growing reliance on online job applications and electronic/social networking?
A: In many respects, I believe that a reference from a previous employer is even more important and more relevant than ever because so much of the hiring process is online and impersonal.
With screening being done by software and face-to-face job interviews being replaced by video calls to expedite hiring in large organizations, employers are relying on online information from applicants more than ever before. In my opinion, this makes it more likely that important information is overlooked. This mostly digital approach can be problematic for multiple reasons.
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