Is the Reference Check still viable?

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I was thinking about the old ways of recruiting and hiring the other day and began wondering about the long time practice of reference checks.

I went to one of my favorite HR groups on Facebook and posed the following question to the human resource pros who frequent there. I asked, how important are reference checks to you as an HR person? Do they still matter in today’s landscape?

In my previous recruiting jobs I found them rather useless but our CEO was insistent on doing them. In terms of anything useful coming form the conversations, my answer was almost

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