Why don’t we start by acknowledging the big elephant in the room? It’s reference-checking. A lot of companies don’t bother with reference-checks on their candidates, or they think they’re doing them well already. The feeling persists that the reference-check only confirms information the hiring manager or recruiter can see on the resume, and that there’s also a fear of legal risk.
That’s a shame, because when reference-checks are executed well, they are absolutely vital for your hiring decisions.
A question I’m often asked by clients is centered on how they can quantifiably measure the quality of their new hires. But how exactly do you extract a reliable ‘hard’ measurement from relatively ‘soft’ data? Ask the right questions, and ask often, might be a good way to start.Read more