by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, RecruitmentTagged as: Interview
Reference checks are probably the most unknown – and sometimes scariest – part of the recruitment process. When someone checks your references, what do they ask? If you are asked to “call the applicant’s references”, what questions should you use?
Essentially, reference checks are used to verify resume and interview information, look for “red flags”, and rank close final candidates. They are used for new hires, and also internally for promotion candidates. Here is a list of typical questions:
Clearly, if a reference is going to say something negative, it’s best that you ‘fess up beforehand, complete with explanation. If you don’t come clean in the interview, you’ll be hurt twice: once for the negative issue, and a second time for attempting to “conceal” it.
If you are asked to call for references, don’t just limit yourself to these questions: if there was an area in the interviews that needs corroboration, ask the references about it.
Go through each of these questions, and answer them in writing about yourself. If you can’t give yourself check marks for each one, don’t expect your references to.
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