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In the wake of the #MeToo movement and numerous high-profile cases of sexual harassment and employee bad behavior, employers are focusing more on more thorough reference checking practices. They are also interested in knowing more about a job candidate’s soft skills. In this USNews column, SkillSurvey CEO Ray Bixler describes the kinds of questions that references should be prepared to answer.

There are benefits to being a reference in that is helps you expand your professional networks, and may even lead to finding out about new job opportunities. Some of the areas that you should make sure you can discuss about the job candidate include: interpersonal skills, problem-solving, personal value commitment and communications skills.