Survey 21 Percent of Job Seekers Dropped After Reference Checks

By Staff Report

Jun. 23, 2010

On average, 21 percent of job seekers are taken out of consideration by managers after a check of professional references, according to a survey released by OfficeTeam, a division of Robert Half International Inc.

The survey also found that 36 percent of managers, when contacting references, are most interested in a description of past job duties and experience of potential employees. An additional 31 percent seek a view into job seekers’ strengths and weaknesses.

OfficeTeam’s survey included telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.  

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