- Posted by Vidcruiter
- On December 3, 2014
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Like many companies, you probably have a system for checking candidate references. The question remains: are you doing enough to ensure that you are making the right hiring decision?
It is easy enough to ask candidates for a couple references, call the person, and listen to what they have to say. This is a great start, but it may not be enough to give you a solid idea of what the person would bring to your company.
In the past, a large number of companies shied away from completing multiple reference checks for one primary reason: it took too much time. In today’s hiring environment, with the assistance of advanced technology, this is no longer a concern. Instead, you can check as many references as you want, all without wasting time or resources.
Here are some of the many benefits of multiple and automated reference checks, as powered by VidCruiter’s automated reference checking:
1. Put the candidate in charge of the process. With this, the candidate is staffed with the responsibility of contacting references on your behalf. This means you don’t have to spend any time on the phone. The only thing you have to do is review the information provided by the reference, once it is made available.
Note: the reference will complete a private online report, not to be seen by the applicant.
2. A variety of formats. The old school style is simple: contact a reference by phone, ask them a few questions, and go from there. The new school style allows you to ask for references in many formats, including audio, video, and written. While most companies choose written references, the option to use audio and video is always nice.
4. Better response rate. There is nothing more frustrating than calling references, time after time, just to be ignored. Some people simply don’t want to provide a reference, even if it can help a current or former coworker or employee. If you put this task on the applicant, there is a better chance the reference will complete the step. All along, you never have to worry about making phone calls or receiving callbacks.
Now that you understand the benefits of automated reference checks, it may be time to update your hiring process.