The use of fraudulent references is on the rise across a growing number of sectors.

Fake references have become much more organised over recent years, with fraudulent organisations not only providing false references for fictional periods of employment, but also providing scripts for applicants to rehearse ahead of interview.

At the centre of this guidance is the call to action for hiring managers, and organisations, to develop a culture of curiosity when suspicions arise over the legitimacy of references.

This guidance was created in conjunction with the Better Hiring Institute's consortium of experts, and we welcome best practice in this area to better safeguard organisations from hiring fraudulent applicants.

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