6 Questions You Should Ask a Candidate's References

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When you’re looking for a great candidate to fill an important role, it’s easy to get swept up by a stellar application. But while a well-written resume filled with impressive accomplishments is certainly a promising sign, it’s important to remember that it’s just one factor. To really understand whether a candidate would be the right fit, it’s always a good idea to talk to the people who know best: their references.

“It’s important to speak with a candidate’s references because often times, a resume doesn’t paint the entire picture of a candidate’s experience/background,” says Jane Pesch, Senior Staffing Manager at

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