Job Application: reference check

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Job Application: reference check

Archivist and communicator Steve Dalos collecting email addresses from Dharma students for future reference, Tharlam Monastery Courtyard, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tracy, a Life Coach, asks: What do recruiters and HR Professionals use to check references of job applicants? I am trying to determine how to best advise my clients when listing references and am curious to know the opinions of those doing the checking. What do you look for and is there any particular thing that would stand out

In answer:

Most today will follow this simple outline procedure, or variations on it:

  1. Having sifted the candidates, take the “look qualified” pile and simply start, like 80% of organisations do now, with a name check on Google. It is still quite amazing what that brings up….
  2. Post telephone interview, pre-call the records departments of the Universities, and see what they say. Most will want a co-signed submission request which you ask to be provided during the telephone call – also removes the dodgy candidates
  3. Then post initial face-to-face interview, get on the phone having asked for three references and call all three. Chat to them for 15/20mins, ask for their summaries in eMail
  4. If its a regulated job, do checks at appropriate regulatory bodies: financial, teaching, etc. Outside of that, I am not into credit record checks unless its part of a regulatory, but we operate under UK/EU HR law for which there has to be due need for such information

Good Luck!

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