We're looking at a candidate who has 20 years of experience (largely consulting) who we're thinking of hiring.
Our hiring manager thinks we shouldn't check references saying things like "It's not prudent to check references for someone with over 20 years of experience. They're mainly intended for younger candidates with a limited track record" and "It's a little bit like asking for GPA. It's not something you do for people with that much experience. It's partly offensive and partly not all that useful."
I personally disagree with him and don't think we should make exceptions for any candidate.
Do you do reference checks regardless of experience? If so, what are some arguments in favor of it? If not, why not?
Thanks for the replies - I'll select an answer soon but I'd like to get some more input.
His argument now is that somebody who has had many years of experience and been promoted more than once does not need reference checks because their history of promotions tells you that they are a good employee, and the references they supplied would most likely be people who promoted them. Arguments against that?