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You may be thinking of references from HR. Those won't tell you anything insightful about the candidate. But if I know someone I trust who has worked with the candidate and can give me a strong recommendation, that's a huge factor in my decision.

In other words, my ex-coworkers's co-workers make for a great filter.

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