Do you do your own reference checks? You sure ought to! Alexander talks about the importance of taking control of this task and offers some suggestions on doing it and making the right hire.
I have done countless reference checks and I always questioned why I was doing it. Either the Manager didn’t like doing it, or they trusted me with it. Otherwise, I really don’t think they took it very seriously.
At times, I use to have my Researcher do. I just passed the buck too when I could.