How to Compare a Canadian to an American For Hiring or Promotion


Reference check feedback from Canada must be similar to feedback given in the United States right? Wrong. In a piece we published regarding global rating behavior, Checkster analyzed online survey responses of 26,297 respondents from 8 different countries who were asked to rate over 5,000 workers. The ratings take form of a score between 1 to 7 (1 being the lowest score) answering two questions:

  1. the probability of rehiring
  2. the overall performance of a candidate.

While we talked about the US compared to France, another point of interest is seeing the difference in rating behavior between Canada and the US despite sharing a geographical continent.

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  • The USA is more generous - 70% gave the maximum score for overall performance
  • Only 54% of Canadian raters gave a maximum rating for the same question

Think about that next time you make hiring decisions for Canadian or American candidates.

Learn more about our global rating patterns here.


About The Author

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.