As a human resource professional, it is easy to make mistakes in the hiring process even when not intended, which is a problem for hiring and managing top talent. Specifically, conducting reference checks can be done in such a way that it provides inaccurate and misleading information as opposed to helpful insight. It is actually becoming a trend to seek out other hiring methods to avoid the problems associated with obtaining reference checks.
If this step is required for hiring in an organization, it is important to make the process as structured and objective as reference information can be. Since the nature of reference checks is already somewhat subjective due to supervisors’ opinions and the candidate’s ability to select the most favorable recommendations, there are many steps that should be put in place to ensure accuracy. Continue Reading →