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Nothing drives recruiter satisfaction more than quickly and efficiently hiring a new employee who fits flawlessly into their organization. Achieving this satisfaction however, has become more complex as the unemployment rate continues to fall, and a shortage of quality candidates fuels a fiercer competition for top talent. Finding the right balance of technical and soft skills has been a point of concern for many employers, with 81 percent of companies admitting to making a bad hire.

To secure successful hires in every aspect, employers are now evaluating candidates on a deeper level than their resumes allow, leveraging innovative screening methods that integrate seamlessly with their recruitment software to do so. To understand the importance of that critical integration, organizations must acknowledge the value that reference checking brings to predicting employee success.

The Critical Nature of Reference Checking

An efficient approach to talent acquisition is essential to many employers, and understanding the value that reference checking brings to that equation can bring recruitment efforts to a more strategic level. Making the wrong decision is easily avoidable when employers are armed with reliable candidate insights early in the hiring process. One way to expand the scope of decision making is to implement employment reference checking to enhance your existing hiring processes. Past employers serve as an abundant source of information about potential hires that can’t be accessed by other screening methods.

Automating the reference checking process through a dedicated software encourages quick, yet meaningful feedback that is predictive of a candidate’s success in an organization. By adding this layer to the hiring process, employers unlock unbiased insight into a person’s style of work, as well as any performance concerns that could lead to issues down the line. Reference feedback can be tailored to your unique hiring needs. Through customizable questions that focus on the skills that define success for a specific role, you’re ultimately painting a detailed picture for recruiters to hire with confidence.

Aside from ensuring successful skill-based performance, employment reference checking also provides a thorough indication of how cohesive a potential employee will be with the company’s culture, mission and values. The current employment landscape places job seekers in the driver’s seat, and an essential component to engaging new talent while retaining current employees is an attractive company culture. Fifty-three percent of job seekers believe company culture is “very” or “extremely” important, and that all begins with consistently introducing new talent that not only accepts, but enhances that culture.

An employee who does not identify with the values of the organization can cause a decline in employee happiness and engagement, leading to lost productivity and greater risk for the business. Validating that an employee is a truly great fit from the start builds up employee morale, reduces the risk of turnover, and saves the organization from the heightening costs associated with a bad hire.

Enhancing Reference Checking Capabilities through an ATS Integration

The way in which work is accomplished is equally as important as the final product. For recruiters, the ability to automate talent acquisition processes has a huge impact on day-to-day work. An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) makes recruitment activities efficient and effective. By introducing employment reference checking software to the mix through an ATS integration, all candidate data is streamlined and accessed in the same location, driving more value for employers with greater overall consistency and results.

A seamless flow of data between the two solutions opens the door for frequent evaluations of processes and more strategic decision making. When recruiters can eliminate tedious tasks from their day by accessing the status of candidate reference checks, and pass them along to the next stage of the interview process within the same workflow, there is more time to focus on what matters, identifying the right talent for the job.

A successful partnership also brings with it the robust reporting capabilities that exist within recruiting software. When conducting reference checks, compliance becomes a key element to maintaining good business practice. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires all employers to record information in a single location to enforce federal discrimination laws. Automated reference checking software ensures an unbiased and structured process for receiving feedback from past employers, and when well-integrated, that data is then captured by and stored within the ATS to safeguard an organization from costly fines in the event of an EEOC audit.

Connecting your employment reference checking to your recruiting cycle places your organization at the forefront of the competitive hiring landscape – with reliable candidate insights to make well-informed employment decisions. Want to know more about attracting the best fit for your organization? Check out “How to Hook Your Next Hire”.

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