Small business owners already pressed for time and eager to fill vacancies may gloss over the process of checking references. But skimping now can result in major repercussions later when a bad hire takes a toll on the company and forces you back to recruiting from square one.

View reference checks as a valuable opportunity rather than as a chore, and go beyond simply verifying titles and dates of employment. Ask the right questions and you may receive insight far beyond what you’ve learned from a resume or even an interview. Here are some good ones to pose when seeking input about candidates for a position at your small business.

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