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Reference Checking for Everyone : How to Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Anyone Paperback – January 21, 2004

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Avoid doing business with liars and deceivers, with the help of the nation's leading reference-checking expert

Whether you're hiring a CEO, a general contractor or a nanny, you're taking a risk. It's the nature of business. More people than you might realize go to great lengths to misrepresent themselves. Reference Checking for Everyone helps you make sure the person you hire or take on as a tenant is not only trustworthy but is the best person for the job. This guide helps you to:

  • Extract detailed histories from vague or misleading responses
  • Filter fact from fiction--and deal with dishonest candidates
  • Contend with legal issues, citing questions you can and cannot ask
  • Make a well-informed, confident final hiring decision
  • Use waivers that protect you legally during the reference-checking process

"Captures the what, why, how and when of comprehensive reference checks. Overlook this material at your own peril."--Dave Robertson, Vice President of Administration, Hillenbrand Industries "I don't know anybody who could better explain how real reference checking is supposed to be done than Paul Barada."--Mary Walls, PLD Manager, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

"[A] . . . practical and easy-to-read guide to everything you need to know on the subject. Finally, someone got it right!"--Roberta L. Gordon, AVP for Human Resources, Brown University

About the Author

Paul W. Barada is founder and president of Barada Associates, Inc., the nation's leading reference-checking company whose clients include Kellogg, Smithsonian Business Ventures, Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, Navistar International and other major corporations. His articles on, provide expert advice on reference checking, salary negotiations, and other hiring issues.

J. Michael McLaughlin is a professional writer based in Charleston, NC.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071423672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071423670
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Smith on February 14, 2013
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I have been doing background checks and I have to say out of everything I have ever read, anyone that checks references for any reason needs this book.
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