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The Value of References

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! 

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