“Checkster merits your attention. Crowdsourced reference checking will be the way that things get done four or five years from now. Easier, faster better, cheaper, smarter.”Read more
You may have seen a recently published list of the most productive companies. If your CEO is pressuring you for not being on it, Checkster offers a way for you to respond.Read more
I did recently a radio interview with Peter Clayton on my book Reference Check 2.0.Read more
There was a time when I would speak with people and they would say that reference checking was the best way to screen candidates, but not anymore. Fear of legal action and low compliance from participants reap poor results. Therefore, their judgment is based on reference checks performed that led to poor results, so they are convinced about their stance.
I would challenge this position and say that indeed poorly executed reference checks are a waste of time, but the Reference Check 2.0, as we call it at Checkster, is as good if not better than structured interviews. In order to prove it this, let’s look at this body of evidence.
I was pleasantly surprised when I read the following excerpt in neuroscientist Daniel Amen’s book titled Magnificent Mind at any Age:
“When interviewing people for a job position in your company, it is critical to know about their past jobs.
Remember, the best predictor of current behavior is past behavior. You want to know what they excelled at, what, if anything, went wrong, and what other people thought of them. Many people have blinders to their own weaknesses, so talking with others can provide essential information. Reference checks are a key component of good business.”