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XREF Definition

Essential Questions

In the context of reference checking, essential questions are basic questions that clarify the candidate and referee relationship, verify the previous role of the candidate, provide insights on past performance or confirm the reasons for the candidate leaving the organisation. Examples of essential questions: 

1. Please detail the nature of your working relationship (i.e. direct boss, etc.).

2. What was the candidate’s title?