Phone Reference checks
Reference checks have been in existence for a long time.... recently we've seen companies adopting a just dates, title and salary reference/employment confirmation aproach while the company doing the hiring insists on "personal reference" from a manager which is effectively against the company policy....
There are many flaws with references that if you are not careful can have your references get tired.
Why isn't one written reference acceptable? If your references give you one written reference that you can show to any employer?
Why must it be a phone call?
Why isn't a written reference Okay?
A written reference would seem to solve the problem of "getting old" in the mind of a previous manager. If a job search takes 7 months, it becomes harder and harder to obtain a reference simply because you are no longer fresh in the ex-managers mind.