checking references without intent to make an offer by Alison Green on November 28, 2008 A reader writes: Do potential employers ever check a/some/all candidates’ references with no intent to present an offer to a/some/all of the candidate(s)? And where is the reference check in relation to the rest of the candidate choosing process? Only if they’re insane. Checking the references of a candidate you have no interest in hiring would be a complete waste of time — why would you bother? Unless you work at some crappy, inefficient company that insists that you check references across the board, this would make no sense — and if you do, you should quit because that company is ridiculous. Personally, I check references only post-interviews, once I know who my top one or two candidates are. It’s my final step before making an offer. Candidates should strongly prefer this, too, since it protects your references from fatigue. You may also like:employers that ask for references but never call themdon’t check references? here’s a horror story for youcan I push back on an extensive pre-employment check?