How to Conduct Proper Reference Checks for Candidates

Think you found the perfect-fit candidate? Before you extend an offer, make sure you conduct reference checks. This is a critical step in the hiring process that gets skipped all too often. The end result can be a costly hiring mistake. To help you conduct effective ones, here are some tips to keep in mind:

How Can You Conduct Proper Reference Checks For Candidates?

Ask for the right references.

Don’t let a candidate simply give you references of past co-workers or friends and family members. Require at least two references who were past managers. If they seem reluctant to offer you these, then it’s a red flag and a warning sign that you might want to reconsider hiring them. You can also ask for one character reference who is a family member or friend.

Check the candidate’s name, job title, and employment history.

This might sound silly, however, there are plenty of dishonest candidates out there, and unfortunately, it’s necessary. Imagine hiring someone using a false name. It’s better to find out now rather than down the road when they are an employee.

To do that, contact the employment references they provided. Simply ask to verify the person’s name, their job title, and dates of employment. This one step can help you uncover whether you have an honest and trustworthy candidate, or one who’s hiding something.

Find out why they’re a good fit for your job opening.

Some past employers will only verify the candidate’s name, job title, and dates of employment. However, others will offer more insight. If they do, ask them about the candidate, why they are a good fit, and whether they would hire that person again. This can give you clear insight into whether or not the person you’re considering would thrive in your role.

Conduct at least two reference checks.

Before you extend an offer, conduct at least two checks with past employers. This will give you peace of mind that when you do hire the individual, you know what you’re getting. However, if you truly want to gain a more comprehensive view of the candidate, conduct three to five reference checks.

Be aware of fake references.

Sadly, some candidates will provide you with fake references, who are generally friends posing as past employers. To avoid this, make sure the number you are calling is a company and also check for imposters on social media.

Get professional help.

At OneSource Staffing Solutions, we can provide you with a range of staffing services, so you hire the best-fit candidates for your team. This includes everything from reference checks to pre-employment testing and more. Contact us today to get started!

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