By now you probably realize that quite a bit of time and expense is involved in selecting new employees to join your company. But your job isn't finished once you have narrowed it down to the person you are considering hiring. It's a good idea to speak with professional references and you may even want to do a background check. You might hit an obstacle along the way and decide that your top candidate isn't the right person after all. This chapter examines the procedures and steps prior to making the job offer.