Checking the candidates’ references will ensure that you’re hiring the most qualified people for the available positions. It allows you to verify the candidates’ claims regarding their qualifications, training, experiences, work ethics, and other information that will help you better assess whether or not they’re the right fit for the company.
- Prevents unnecessary training and re-recruitment costs due to failed probation periods and poor performance
- Maintains good image or reputation for the company
- Ensures quality service especially for positions that interact with clients and guests
- Ensures that new hires offer quality work and output
- Ensures that the information provided by the candidate are correct and factual
- Provides additional insights on the candidates’ work history, skills, knowledge and personality in the point of view of their professional references
- Provides insights on the candidates’ potential for success in the position applied for
- Lowers the risk of exposure to negligent hiring lawsuits
The candidates should be able to provide at least three professional references with their contact details. The following are considered acceptable references:
- For those with employment history: Current and/or previous supervisors or managers familiar with the candidate’s work performance;
- For new members of the workforce or those with no employment history: Former teachers, professors, and/or supervisors in volunteer work, if any;
- For those with neither employment nor educational references: Family members and friends may be acceptable. The reason for the unavailability of other references should be duly noted.
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