Checking references should be more than just a formality in your hiring processes. This is your opportunity to learn more about a candidate’s history, directly from people who know them well. Here are some strategies to help you maximize the value of references provided by your candidates:
• Ask questions directly related to the position you’re hiring for, including questions about skills, ethics, problem-solving, and how they approach challenges
• Gather information about how the candidate performed on projects individually and in groups, how they interacted with team members, and what leadership capabilities they demonstrated
• Get insight into significant achievements they had in past roles and how these impacted their company
Learning about prior performance from references is a great way to predict future performance and determine a candidate’s fit for your company. Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn as much as possible about your candidates!