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Human Resources

Employment references

It is entirely legitimate for an employer to seek to check that the information an individual has supplied as part of their job application is accurate and complete. Part of that process will involve obtaining references from previous employers.

It is common practice for employers to request two written references in respect of each new person whom they recruit and to make offers of employment conditional upon those references being satisfactory to the organisation.

It can be very useful to obtain references from a successful job applicant’s previous employers. This is because factual information about a job applicant's past experience and performance is usually a sound predictor of his or her future performance in a similar role. References from recent employers are the most useful.

Employment reference requests should be sent to

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