Reference Check through Email?

Reference Check through Email?

A question I get asked more often than you would think is “is it possible to do this reference check through email? I’m very busy”. The short answer I always give is no. Conducting a thorough reference check as part of the pre-employment screening process is incredibly hard when done...
Should I even bother asking that?

Should I even bother asking that?

When conducting a reference check there are certain questions referees expect as if they have given a reference for an employee before they may be used to a certain set of questions. This begs the question, if referees know what questions are going to be asked, is it even worth...
Four quick and easy pointers when reference checking

Four quick and easy pointers when reference checking

A few months ago The Reference Specialists provided a list of five tips to conducting a thorough reference check. Reference checking may seem like an easy process but there are significant hurdles to overcome to ensure a complete, thorough and informative reference check is completed. Below are another four easy...
Reference Checking for Embellishment

Reference Checking for Embellishment

Conducting a thorough reference check is a good way to learn about what your candidate has embellished during the recruitment process. It is human nature that during an interview the candidate wants to make him or herself look as good as possible. Embellishing skills and experience, as opposed to outright...
Choosing the right referee for your reference!

Choosing the right referee for your reference!

Pre-employment screening in Australia usually mandates two reference checks from two different referees the candidate provides. Depending on the level of the role some organisations prefer three checks. Furthermore at times only one check is done (EG: When a candidate has worked at the company previously and is being brought...
Are you asking the right interview questions?

Are you asking the right interview questions?

Last month during my “5 key tips for reference checking” article we touched briefly on the importance of asking open ended and follow up questions. While this remains true emphasis should also be placed on the need to properly phrase questions when conducting a reference check. Information is king when...