Dear fellow Recuiting-Bloggers,
In your professional opinion, what additional questions should be included in the Reference Check for candidates considered for Leadership/ Executive positions?
I use a standard reference checking template with all the usual questions we as recruiters use on a daily basis, the template is quite comprehensive, however I feel that for the Senior level roles the reference should include more questions focussing on leadership and strategy implementation?
Look forward to hearing any advice!
We reference check every single candidate we work with before introducing them to any client. Personally I always find it much easier to get a reference verbally, as opposed to sending out a template for the client to complete. We approach it in a way that allows us to take down notes from what the referee is telling us, and sending a copy of these to the referee for him/her to approve by way of email, or signature. This way of working feels less formal, and enables us to also build rapport with a new client contact. By taking down the notes from the information they give us, it saves them the time and hassle of completing a formal type letter. A mixture of some example questions I would include are:
Let’s use the name Bill to make these examples easier reading.
Hope this help you, or at least promotes further thoughts on what else you could ask.
If you want any more help, just ask.
@Tom, great points on these questions. I do most reference checks as you described. My questions are very similar, and asked in a way that feels most comfortable with each reference. Usually when asking one question, several get answered at the same time!
@ Julia, if there are very specific skills needed or challenges to the postion, I try to include questions that will address those areas as well.
Many thanks for the reply Thomas and Amber.
Thomas, I do speak to the referees on the phone, but use a template with the questions to be more consistent and structured - apologies if my explanation about the template led you to believe I am emailing the questions without actually speaking to the referee.
Many thanks on the questions, I will definitely incorporate those.