There’s a lot riding on your next hiring decision. With all the time that it takes to confirm and reach references, you’ll want to make sure you come away with relevant, job-specific insights that help you find the best candidate.
Here are tips to help you make the most of your reference checks.
1. One is such a lonely number.
Get multiple perspectives… try to reach at least 3 references to get the full picture.
3. Have structure.
Ask each reference the same questions and ask the same questions across candidates so you have feedback that you can compare.
5. Keep it legal.
Awkward questions are well, awkward, but worse, inappropriate questions or processes that don’t treat all candidates equally may get you in hot water.
7. It’s all about past performance.
Dig into soft skills performance on the job. For example, ask if a candidate always treated others with respect, managed projects on time and communicated well with stakeholders.
8. Spot fakers.
No one should provide their mom, pop or best friend as their reference. Be sure to verify reference contact information and when references worked with the candidate.
10. Think beyond the hire.
Find what you need for onboarding. Feedback from references can help you pinpoint areas for training that can lead to better post-hire success.
13. Go into interviews with a plan.
Asking all job candidates the same questions is a must. They should be job specific behavioral based questions to help your hiring managers avoid biased questions.
At SkillSurvey, we believe talent determines the success or failure of every business. With the best people in the right positions, your company can achieve amazing things. That’s why we make it quick and easy to get meaningful, predictive insights on a candidate’s past performance from their references. To see first-hand how SkillSurvey Reference can help you find the best talent for your organization, sign-up today for a free 30-day trial (no credit card required).
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