Why to conduct Reference check for a future employee
Conducting reference check can be one of the most important steps in the selection process, as past performance is often considered as the best indicator of future performance and also allows to determine whether the applicant can be considered for the role. It also ensures that the most qualified person for the required position is found.
By conducting reference checks, costs associated with failed probation periods and poor performance can be avoided.
Why JIC Performs Reference Checks?
These checks help us to confirm the information provided in the candidate’s application form and resume is correct. We will also gain greater insights into the candidate’s skills, knowledge and abilities from someone who has actually observed the candidate perform.
It is important that during the interview process, we obtain consent from the applicant to contact their references and ask employment-related questions.
It is good practice to speak to two or three work-related references. If the candidates’ current employer do not know they are seeking work elsewhere, then go to the previous employers.
How to conduct Reference Checks:
- Identify yourself, your title, organization name and explain the receiver you are calling/mailing about a reference for a candidate you are considering.
- Make sure they understand that you have the consent from the applicant and that all responses will remain confidential.
- It is important to give a brief description of the role you are considering the applicant for, so that they can comment in context.