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03.10.2019 : News

Why obtain a new employee’s job references?

There is a risk involved every time you hire a new employee. The new hire could, of course, prove to be the perfect employee, making a huge difference in your company… but they could also turn out to be a bad hire that will cost you time and money.

Find out how you can obtain job references for a potential employee to help you make the best hiring decisions possible.

Checking references validates the information provided by the candidate

This is undeniable: candidates often provide inaccurate information on their CVs in order to stand out from other applicants and appear more attractive to recruiters.

For example, a candidate could state in their resume that they held a managerial position in a company when in reality they were a clerk. They could also claim to have been involved in certain projects or fulfilled important duties when this is not the case.

In this case, reference checks are one of the best ways to evaluate a potential employee’s honesty. A former supervisor will indeed be able to uncover erroneous information present on the CV or shared during the interview. Checking job references is complementary to the employment history verification, and allows you to delve into the information gathered.

References are a rich source of information about a candidate’s skills

Obtaining an opinion from someone other than the candidates themselves paints a much more unbiased picture of a potential hire. Whether in their CV or cover letter, some candidates will not hesitate to claim that they have the skills required in the job offer in question. However, obtaining a candidate’s references provides an indication of how they were applying these skills in their work environment.

When you interview superiors as part of a reference check, you can go beyond the list of competencies. For example, you can find out if the candidate is inclined to violate safety protocols, exceed the deadlines for completing tasks or if they were doing their work diligently. This information can make a world of difference in an employee recruitment process.

References help determine if the candidate can collaborate with other employees

Sometimes, certain candidates have an impressive pedigree. However, even if they have the right academic background and relevant work experience, any potential collaborator should also have the ability to work in a team.

Not everyone can be a positive leader and be able to communicate effectively. Nevertheless, these qualities are important and can make the difference between good and bad hire. If an employee constantly objects to the instructions he receives and has difficulty working in a collaborative environment, his entire work team will suffer. This can lead to reduced productivity and even the resignation of employees involved in a conflict.

This type of information often arises from discussions with former employers as part of a reference check.

For a rigorous reference check, consider Mintz Global Screening

When properly conducted, reference checks can be enlightening and extremely useful when hiring a new employee. They make it possible to collect often impartial information from external sources.

Mintz Global Screening offers you personalized support in your recruitment process for new employees. We provide you with reports containing observations shared by former superiors of your candidates to help you understand their true value.


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