Tag: reference

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: Let’s Argue About Whether Reference Checks Matter!

On episode 49 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn and Jessica Lee come together once again to discuss the importance of reference checks and a $15 minimum wage. Listen below (click this link if you don’t see the player) and be sure to subscribe, rate, and review (Apple Podcasts) and follow (Spotify)! 2:00 – Tim recently discovered that some millennial marketers didn’t…

Do Reference Checks Matter: The Argument! #HRFamous

On episode 49 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn, and Jessica Lee come together once again to discuss the importance of reference checks and a $15 minimum wage. Listen (click this link if you don’t see the player) and be sure to subscribe, rate, and review (Apple Podcasts) and follow (Spotify)! Show Highlights: 2:00 – Tim recently discovered that some…

Your Weekly Dose of HR Tech: @Xref automated reference checking

This week on the Weekly Dose I review the automated reference checking platform Xref. Xref is a fully automated solution that turns a slow and inconsistent task into an efficient and valuable stage of the recruitment journey. Answer the following question: Does your organization check references? SHRM’s recent survey showed that 89% of organizations still check references of candidates before offer of employment. The…

Reference Checking for Employment is Dead!

I remember when I started my first job in Talent Acquisition and HR, I totally believed checking references was going to lead me to better, higher quality hires. My HR university program practically drilled into me the belief that “past performance predicts future performance.” For all, I knew those words were delivered on tablets from Moses himself! After all, what better way is there to…

Better Reference Checking Is A Step To Ending Bad Behavior

From Uber’s media firestorm earlier this year which highlighted its lack of female employees and failure to address complaints of sexism to the recent memo from a Google engineer saying that women were more focused on “feelings and aesthetics than ideas,” the tech industry has been running into some serious HR challenges.

Reference Checks Are Worthless

I don’t understand… with the whole HR world moving to a more data-driven, analytical, quantitative, measure-anything-that-moves-mindset, how is it that we still rely on the ol’ reference check before we hire someone? They’re almost completely unreliable and filled with bias—your own biases (because, let’s face it, at this point in the process you just want to fill the job and you’re only hearing the…

The Big Reference Check Scam!

I remember when I started my first job in Talent Acquisition and HR, I totally believed checking references was going to lead me to better, higher quality hires. My HR university program practically drilled into me the belief that “past performance predicts future performance.” For all I knew those words were delivered on tablets from Moses himself! After all, what better way is there…

Think Like a Librarian and Conduct a Reference Interview

My very first graduate school class was Reference/Information Services, which can best be described as Reference Desk 101. Reference librarians are highly trained not only to determine where to retrieve the information for which library patrons are looking, but also to determine what exactly the patron is seeking. The latter half of those responsibilities is called the Reference Interview and is the initial exchange…

References: How employers bungle a competitive edge

If it’s true that hiring the best people matters, then real reference checks give an employer a very powerful competitive edge. Outsourcing reference checks is like washing your hands with rubber gloves on. A greenhorn human resources clerk is out. The only person who should be doing such a check is the hiring manager. Outsource reference checks, or do them ineptly, and you’ve bungled…