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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

4 Ways to Evaluate Reference Checking Services

By Yves Lermusi


According to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 48% of businesses surveyed outsourced some or all of their reference checking. It’s no secret that reference checking can be a pain. Traditional phone checks require considerable time and effort and often lead to a lot of fairly useless information. Outsourcing this arduous process to a reference checking service is a great way to save a lot of time and money while also drastically improving the quality of your hires. Read more

How Reference Checks Can Help You Avoid an HR Disaster

By Yves Lermusi

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey,  56 percent of people lie on their resumes. Read more

How Automated Reference Checks Improve Your Quality of Hire

By Yves Lermusi

According to a  recent research report by Glassdoor, the time required to hire new employees has grown dramatically in the last few years. The average interview process in the United States requires nearly 23 days, and those numbers are even higher internationally. Clearly, finding quality candidates takes time, but what can you do to ensure that you are making the most of the hiring process and finding the best talent? Read more

The Best Questions to Ask During a Background Reference Check

By Yves Lermusi
After a long and hard search, you’ve finally found someone you believe is the ideal candidate. He/she has all the right experience. He/she is articulate and personable. He/she is well groomed and presents a thoroughly professional appearance. He/she even graduated from the same university as you/shares your love on hobbies and grew up in your neighborhood. What luck! You can’t wait to make the offer and get this rock star on board. Read more

3 Ways to Speed Up Your Reference Checking Process

By Yves Lermusi

According to a  survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 76% of organizations conduct reference checks on all job candidates. The majority of employers reported verifying former employment, employment dates, job titles, degrees, job responsibilities, and any licenses and certifications. Read more

3 Modern Day Approaches To The Reference Checking Process

By Yves Lermusi


According to SHRM, more than half of all resumes and job applications contain falsifications ranging from simple exaggerations to outright lies. A whopping 70% of college students admit that they would lie on their resume to get a job. This can make finding and selecting the right candidate for a position difficult for talent recruiters and hiring managers. So what can you do to prevent becoming a victim of resume fraud? How can you fine-tune your reference checks to separate the wheat from the chaff? Read more
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