Reference Checks

Everything to know about Reference Checks.

What are Reference Checks?

Reference checks are a crucial step in the hiring process, designed to obtain information about a candidate’s behavior and work history from former employers, colleagues, or other professional contacts. They provide insights into a person’s work ethic, skills, strengths, weaknesses, and suitability for the role. This helps paint a broader picture of the candidate beyond what is presented in their resume or during an interview.

How to run a Reference Check?

Running a reference check involves contacting the references provided by the candidate, typically via phone or email. It’s best to prepare a list of relevant, job-specific questions to ask each reference. Be sure to request the candidate’s permission before reaching out to their references and to keep the conversation professional, focusing on the candidate’s job-related performance. To maintain objectivity, consider using a third-party service to conduct reference checks.