Many different types of people apply for all kinds of jobs online and yet it is often the role of a recruiter to decide whether or not they will be a good fit. Here are some key tips for recruiters to follow so they can always hire the right candidate.
How can I can get the most accurate information about a candidate from references?
Always ask about facts and not opinions when asking about a potential candidate. If you are on the phone with a reference you should be focusing on asking about how well they’ve performed in the past, perhaps under stress, as well as how well they perform working in groups. Also try and verify information that the applicant gave you with the reference and always check any anomalies.
What is the first step in the referencing process?
Typically the first thing to do is to make the applicant fill out some kind of online application form. Be sure to collect references with email addresses and telephone numbers. This is very important in case one of these mediums of communication can’t be accessed at a time by one of the applicant’s references.
What is the best way to contact a referee?
The best way to gather information from a referee is to talk to them over the phone rather than email. This is because on the phone there is more of an informal tone and you can get a better read on the validity of the reference as well as the applicant.
Effectively getting to know your applicant can be tremendously important in effecting future productivity as well as efficiency, because it can help you choose the right person for the job. The next time you are trying to figure out whom to hire use these tips and you will make a more educated and accomplished decision about who you hire.