How to: Check References of a Prospective Employee

by Thom Tracy

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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.

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