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Yves Lermusi

Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & co-founder of Checkster. Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industry commentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine. His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and business magazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Recruiting Industry” and his blog has been recognized as the best third party blog.
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Why Quality of Hire is HR's Most Important Metric

By Yves Lermusi

According to one CareerBuilder survey, more than 6,000 hiring professions suggested that they had experienced the negative effect associated with hiring someone who was a poor fit for the job. Twenty-seven percent of U.S. employers surveyed reported that just one bad hire had cost their company in excess of $50,000. Read more

Yahoo Employee-Ranking System and the Key Role of Technology & Leadership

By Yves Lermusi
In the article “A Yahoo Employee-Ranking System Favored by Marissa Mayer Is Challenged in Court” of the New York Times, a specific sentence should capture all CEOs and CHROs attention. It is the following: “Ratings given by front-line managers were arbitrarily changed by higher-level executives who often had no direct knowledge of the employee’s work.” Read more

6 Areas to Probe During a Reference Check

By Yves Lermusi

Start date, termination date, and job title are about all anyone expects of a typical reference check nowadays. Read more

3 Reference Checking Guidelines Every Staffing Firm Needs to Succeed

By Yves Lermusi

One survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management suggests that 76% of companies check references for each and every job candidate. Reference checking is one of the most important aspects of the hiring process when well done. By checking references, hiring managers obtain important information about whether or not a prospective employee is qualified and suited for a particular position. Read more

Hiring Process Time Saving Tips: How to Save An Hour Per Candidate

By Yves Lermusi

The hiring process takes longer than ever. A Glassdoor research report suggests that the average interview process alone takes approximately 23 days, up from 13 days just four years ago. What's behind this trend? Background screenings, including reference checks, are a key contributor to these rising hiring timelines. Read more

9 Post-Hire Metrics Every Organization Should Track

By Yves Lermusi


Nothing distinguishes one company from another more acutely than the quality of its hires. That’s because quality of hire affects the quality of everything else, including products and services, customer care, co-worker and managerial interpersonal relationships, and work processes.

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Manual vs. Automated Reference Checking: Which is Best For My Company?

By Yves Lermusi


According to a Society for Human Resource Management survey, three out of every four organizations polled reported conducting reference checks on all job candidates. For most organizations, reference checking is a standard part of the hiring process. In the past, a reference check typically involved a phone conversation between a potential employer and an individual who knew the job candidate. Today, automated reference checking has opened up a new way of collecting useful insights from past employers and coworkers. Read more

How to Scale Your Reference Checking in a Fast Growing Company

By Yves Lermusi

Your company is growing at an exponential rate and the future looks bright. Job positions are opening up quickly and the HR department is under increasing pressure to fill these important positions. Can your reference checking keep up with the hiring demand? Read more

How Top Fortune 500 Companies Do Their Hiring Reference Checks

By Yves Lermusi


You might think that a company like Wal-Mart, which employs over a million workers every year, would be tempted to cut a few corners—such as skipping on reference checking—in its hiring practices. If so, you’d be wrong. Read more

3 Questions to Avoid When Checking References

By Yves Lermusi


According to one CareerBuilder survey, 58% of hiring managers reported that they had caught a lie on an applicant resume. Unfortunately, resume embellishment is not only fairly common, it also seems to be on the rise. Thirty-three percent of hiring managers surveyed reported that they have seen an increase in false information since the economic recession. Read more
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