March 21, 2011
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.Read more
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.”
If you are applying for a new job, an apartment, or applying for a loan of some kind, the importance of reference checks is much more significant than many applicants might consider. Especially depending on what you are applying for, a poor comment or remark from a reference, can greatly reflect on the individual, and on their ability to hold a job, or to make payments on a loan.Read more
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