Employment Reference Checks – Do You Really Need Them?

Posted on 02.01.2021

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Research from LinkedIn shows that employees who are referred are 4x more likely to be hired and that 45% of the employees sourced from employee referrals stay for longer than 4 years!

While hiring from referrals is a great (and cost-effective) way of getting candidates, it is always recommended to be cautious and conduct further checks.

This is why reference checks can provide an added layer of scrutiny when bringing new employees on board.

How Do Employee Reference Checks work?

The candidate is requested to connect the hiring company with people who know them in professional (or sometimes personal) capacity to provide more details about themselves.

These details can include information about their work history, job responsibilities, and personality. Usually, the questions are framed in a way to get insights about the individual’s communication and listening skills, achievements, strengths, areas of improvement, etc.

Acceptable references are usually coworkers, direct managers, or other colleagues who worked closely with the candidate.

Why Should You Perform Reference Checks?

There are a number of advantages including:

  • Even when you trust the referrer implicitly, their recommendation may not know the whole story. This is because they may have worked with the candidate a long time back or haven’t really worked with them in a professional capacity at all. So, reference checks can help you do your own due diligence.
  • Executive searches can be a different type of recruitment than entry or mid-level job openings. The higher up the position, the costlier a wrong hire can be. So, especially when you’re hiring for a senior role, it is recommended to do a more in-depth screening.
  • By performing employee reference checks, you can be more transparent in your process. If you have received a strong referral internally, conducting these checks can verify the information and make a stronger case for hiring this individual.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, you need to check if the employee is a good cultural fit. The questions can be framed in reference check verifications in a way that can help you check for organizational fit and ensure that the employee will stand for the values of your organization.

How Can We Help?

Triton Canada can help you make this process quick and simple.

An experienced Triton representative will conduct a thorough interview to gain insight into candidate strengths and weaknesses. Typical reference questions focus on dependability, honesty, judgment, character, strengths, and areas for improvement.

Triton referees are trained to ask open-ended and probing questions, listen for pregnant pauses, and record detailed answers to give you a solid idea of who you are hiring. Learn more about Triton Canada’s reference check verifications by calling 1-844-874-8667 or visiting https://www.tritoncanada.ca/business/reference-check-verifications