One thing really hasn’t changed in hiring in like fifty years. Before we hire someone, in certain higher-up levels within our organizations, we do this little dance. The dance is us asking you for “professional” references, that we must check before we can “officially” hire you, and you giving us such references, which are basically your friends.
Don’t think it’s a dance? Think it’s truly helpful in finding noticeably better talent? Answer me this one question:
How many candidates have you rescinded the offer to because they received a bad reference?
Wait! WAIT! Let me first take a guess at