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  • Semiconductor
  • 23,000 Employees
  • Phoenix, AZ

As part of the SOX compliance audit, ON Semiconductor required hiring managers to chase down contacts to speak with at least two references per candidate for employment. Before implementing Checkster, the process took several weeks and yielded little more than feedback from the candidate’s best buddies. The process frustrated managers and recruiters.

  • The Challenge

    “Our reference process was seen as just more HR red tape,” says Kelly Kayser, talent acquisition manager. Hiring managers were required to chase down at least two references per candidate, a process that took several weeks and yielded little more than basic feedback from a candidate’s best buddies. ON Semiconductor needed efficiency, compliance and higher quality feedback. 

  • The Solution

    Checkster’s Reference Insights provided 100% verifiable compliance with full visibility into each step. As well, Checkster’s reports delivered powerful insights to hiring managers helping to predict performance. Finally, On Semi was able to be more efficient with checks, saving time and money. 

Claudia Morgan

Sr Recruiter, ON Semiconductor

“The results from Checkster are much better than what I could get over the phone myself, as with the previous process. I often compare the efficiency of the new process to the transition from sending a letter by mail to getting email.”

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Sr Recruiter, ON Semiconductor

Lessons from a semiconductor company

Before Checkster

As part of the SOX compliance audit, ON Semiconductor required hiring managers to chase down contacts to speak with at least two references per candidate for employment. Before implementing Checkster, the process took several weeks and yielded little more than feedback from the candidate’s best buddies. The process frustrated managers and recruiters. “Our reference process was seen as just more HR red tape,” says Kelly Kayser, talent acquisition manager at ON Semiconductor. “In an effort to support our managers, limit our legal liability, improve turnaround time and gather more valid candidate feedback the company chose to implement Checkster.”

From Red Tape to Checkster

After training, ON Semiconductor allowed Checkster to take over the reference checking process. The advantages for ON Semiconductor are clear. Checkster has insured 100% compliance of the companies audit requirements and streamlined the reference process. “Our hiring managers notice the improvement in turnaround time and the improvement in the quality of the reference details we receive,” says Claudia Morgan, sr. recruiter at ON Semiconductor. “They are thrilled to have very little to do and now receive more powerful, value-added candidate feedback,” she added. Checkster has allowed ON Semiconductor managers and recruiters to clear the red tape for more productive work.”

Claudia states “The results from Checkster are much better than what I could get over the phone myself, as with the previous process. I often compare the efficiency of the new process to the transition from sending a letter by mail to getting email.” The shift has also been felt by managers who not only expect a report from their partner in HR, but to also use the information to better manage their new hires.

Checkster’s main benefits for ON Semi:

  1. Checkster provides 100% verifiable compliance. Every year, Kelly has either an internal or external audit. Now she can be at peace, as she controls the process and has full visibility of each step. “Checkster allows us to not only stay clean from a SOX compliance standpoint, but to also avoid any manager slippage during a reference check.”
  2. Checkster delivers valuable information to managers. “I remember this administrator we hired for our EVP of sales,” explains Kelly. “The review of the Checkster report gave the manager a good perspective of the candidate and her strengths before she joined. It also gave him insight on how to manage her. More interestingly, her manager later came back to tell me how much the Checkster report was spot on in predicting her performance.”
  3. Checkster is more efficient. Before Checkster, it cost ON Semi money and time to have the hiring manager perform reference calls. Today, the recruiters control them, and barely spend two minutes to trigger a request. The cost probably decreased fivefold. It takes them now only a couple of days to receive over six meaningful references. Needless to say, they’ve come a long way from the time when they had only the insight of the candidate’s two best buddies upon which to rely.

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