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Why Check References

Why are Reference Checks so Important?  

The Reference Check forms the crucial final step in any executive search and placement process. Reference checks are important for many reasons including:
  • No matter how thorough the search and selection process has been, the candidate has been under the scrutiny of the search team for a relatively short period of time.  The reference check can help confirm assumptions made about the candidate.  The more senior the candidate, the more crucial it is that you have the ‘right fit’ especially if you wish the candidate to become a long-term member of your team
  • A potential limitation of the selection process is that the search and selection team largely form opinions as a result of responses made by the candidate.  The reference check can verify those responses and investigate the ‘bigger picture’ or the context in which the candidate’s experience was gained.
  • Areas of uncertainty raised during the interview process can be investigated.
  • Consistency or discrepancy across views of referees can be very telling.
  • In an environment where corporate culture is very important, references provide greater insight into how the candidate is likely to deal with certain situations or their new environment.  A manager can use this information to overcome concerns about the candidate coping, and can also use it to help the candidate settle in and learn more quickly.
 And also …..
  • A recent study revealed that 42% of job applicants exaggerate or have inaccuracies on their resume. A whopping 17% make false statements (source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)) 
  • According to the Canadian HR Reporter, estimates put the cost of employee turnover as high as 2 to 3 times an employee’s annual salary.


 Why Use HR Third Party Referencing?  
  • More accurate hiring means less staff turn-over. This translates to a better bottom line. 
  • Improves the long-term business relationship between you and your future employee. 
  • Decreases the risk of liability. 
  • Confirms the integrity and reliability of your new hire. 
  • Presents impartial perspective of new hire. 
  • Best Practices in referencing. More thorough and complete reference report. 
  • Bottom line. Time is money. Your time is valuable.