What is a reference check?Reference Checks - When and Why Employers Use Them

A reference check is a step some companies choose to complete at the final stage of an interview process. Hiring managers will ask a candidate, who they are considering extending an offer to, for a list of former employers/co-workers/managers who they have permission to contact. It’s another opportunity for a hiring manager to reach out to former employers to learn more about a candidate’s work experience, qualifications, and culture fit.

Essentially a reference check is a final step to cross the “t’s” and dot the “i’s.” The hiring manager wants to verify previous employment and make sure the candidate’s experience aligns with what was stated in the interview.