WHY YOU NEED TO DO A REFERENCE CHECK
Of course your recruitment agency can do this hard work for you, but If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly and as the interviewer, your task is not over until you have run reference checks on the top applicants to make sure you really do have the full picture. Why you need to do a Reference Check
Mistakes like hiring the wrong candidate can be expensive – and a huge waste of the time you’ve already invested in the process so skip it at your peril.
Checking is simple and straightforward and a star applicant will be happy to cooperate because they know there are no secrets to uncover or nasty surprises in store.
First, get the applicant’s permission to proceed and then request contact details from the previous employer or referee you think is most relevant, not the first testimonial offered up by your potential employee. But do make allowances if an approach to their current workplace is off limits because the candidate is keeping their job search quiet.
And don’t just talk to one person – build up a three-dimensional picture by quizzing two or three referees. Introduce yourself and your organisation, make it clear what you want and that you have the candidate’s permission to talk in confidence.
The rest of the conversation is obvious – make sure your candidate’s CV is bona fide by making sure dates and job titles tally and that there has been no embroidering of skills or responsibilities.
SO WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK?
- How long did you know and worked with the candidate?
- What did their job entail?
- Do you consider them to be reliable?
- What did you appreciate most about their work and what needed improvement?
- Would you work with them again?
WHY YOU NEED TO DO A REFERENCE CHECK
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I have successfully used Rayner Personnel to find three members of staff in quick succession (different jobs!). Charlie, Liam & Tim were extremely professional and streets ahead of the other outfits that they were competing with. They took the time to visit our offices, meet with members of staff and get to grips with our ethos before making their placements. I would not hesitant to use them again.
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I wanted to say thank you for the excellent work Vicky has carried out for me and the company since we first made contact at the beginning of 2016. Vicky has always been a pleasure to deal with – bright and engaging, yet very professional. I have given her very precise details when it comes to the type of candidate we have been looking for each role, and she has listened very well to my requirements. Vicky has always matched her candidates to my requirements, which I appreciate. I specifically asked not to be inundated with candidate after candidate as I expected her to pick out the good candidates for me. Again, She has done this very well and only sent me the calibre of candidates I want and expect. In one particular instance Vicky sent me a candidate who she passionately believed was right for the role we had available, even though she did not exactly fit the criteria I had given. Due to our previous dealings I trusted your judgement, which proved to absolutely correct because we ended up employing the candidate as she was at the high standard we require. Vicky’s judgement was absolutely right. I would highly recommend Vicky and her team to anyone considering using your services and look forward to you introducing more successful candidates to us in the future.
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