The Importance of Doing Your Due Diligence

As someone who checks references s for a living, it always surprises me when the process is not taken seriously. When a candidate is asked to provide references, and fill out forms for pre-employment screening, it is only because a company is interested in bring them...

There is a Message in the Detail

Qualitative references are a good opportunity to learn about your candidate’s past performance. The information that you obtain is invaluable. You can learn what motivates your candidate, the best way to support them, and help them become more productive. Every now...

Mind the Gaps

Gaps on resumes have been a conundrum since the advent of resume writing. In order to avoid a lag between jobs, or a spotty job history, many applicants stretch months or even years on their resumes. Some take out the months and leave the years, to make it appear that...

The fine art of reference checking

Checking your candidates' references gives you a glimpse of how other people view the candidate both personally and professionally. It validates your first impression and a gives you insight on your candidate’s past performance. Getting the right information requires...

Know who you are hiring

Not long ago, we conducted a pre-employment package for a candidate for a large corporation. It was for a business development position. The candidate’s references were positive, he seemed to have a proven track record. His criminal report came back clear. It was time...