2016-11-21 00:00:00 Hiring English Use these 10 tips for both professional and personal references when checking the background of a prospective employee. https://d1bkf7psx818ah.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/08214816/business-owner-calls-applicant-reference.jpg How to: Check References of a Prospective Employee

How to: Check References of a Prospective Employee

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The hiring process demands that you know a little more about a candidate than what you uncover through the interview process. Checking references is a great way to ensure you have the right person for the job.

Personal References

  1. Ask how long the reference has known in the applicant.
  2. Pose open-ended questions to avoid yes or no answers.
  3. Ask if the applicant is trustworthy.
  4. Determine the type of relationship between the two parties.
  5. Try to gauge the sincerity of the respondent.

Professional References

  1. Ask if there an employee-employer relationship.
  2. If so, determine whether there any ethical issues.
  3. Ask if the respondent would rehire the applicant.
  4. Ask questions about the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Talk less and listen more.

References & Resources

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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