All Blog Posts Tagged 'references' (14)

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Added by Tanya Bourque on October 10, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Applications - Just Do It!

There are fewer things in this world that irritate me more than when someone can’t follow simple directions. For example, fill out the application (at the time after we’ve scheduled an interview of course – I wouldn’t want to enrage any of the candidate experience gods by asking for legal paperwork too early on when I should be offering a Frappa Mocha Someshit so that I can make…


Added by Pete Radloff on February 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Is Your Interviewing As Bad As Google's?

Check out iCIMS' latest blog post from iCIMS guest blogger George Ehinger.

Stop the interviewing! Right now. Cancel any that you have your calendar, tell the candidate to leave, whatever it takes.

I mean it.  Before you spend another minute interviewing you need to be sure that this critical step in your hiring process isn’t falling prey to the bias…


Added by Elise Jennings on September 12, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Evil Confused Part 3

One week from today, Suzie started her fit.

Frank told Suzie to do her job, and not rely on gossip as a source for references.

Like the Tasmanian devil on Saturday morning, Suzie started to spin. Her thin skin couldn't take it. She was the HR person!  This was her domain! How dare Frank tell her what to do!

Using her power, she behaved badly. Her target was Frank. Her reach was far greater. She spun and spun and spun until she drew attention to herself. Frank looks like…


Added by Barbara Goldman on August 2, 2013 at 11:42am — 5 Comments

Evil Surfaced Again Part 2

Before you begin this story, pull out your hankie. You are either going to weep, or burst out laughing. 

After all the drama, John agreed to take the job.

I THOUGHT all was well. The other shoe just hit the floor.

To bring you up to date:

At this point in the story, we have a contrite Frank, who will now  measure his words carefully, an Exec VP who is looking askance at…


Added by Barbara Goldman on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

When Evil Surfaces: Gossip, Recruiting, and References 1

Back Story

Two weeks ago, one of our candidates signed an offer to begin as a Director of Ops for one of our clients. John is to begin work next Monday.

BIGDEAL INC.  has given us four positions to fill. We are working with an Exec VP (Not HR) to fill the positions. Talent Acquisition Specialist Suzie is coordinating the…


Added by Barbara Goldman on July 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Why Can’t Some People Feel Comfortable Asking For Referrals?


What is the true value of a referral?  It is hard to define and quantify because the referral is more than a transaction, it is an act of faith and an act of loyalty.  People refer others because they have knowledge (or at least a hope) that the referred will not be disappointed.  No one wants to make a personal recommendation and have it backfire because it reflects badly on them (unless they are filled with alternate and sinister motives).  Referrals are the strongest form of…


Added by Darryl Moore on April 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Reference Checking - I missed Monday's chat!

Sorry I missed Monday’s chat regarding references. My computer was on but I was nowhere around!

I love doing the reference checking on candidates. Some just because of who their references are. Others because I want the straight scoop - I don't trust what candidates are telling me.

One weird reference I got was for a woman that was well respected in her field and I asked my routine questions regarding her work ethic, work style, ability to work within a team environment etc.…


Added by Cora Mae Lengeman on November 8, 2011 at 12:48am — 3 Comments

How Important Are References?

Ah, references. They can be that little added oomph your candidate needs to get the job- It can also be the axe that puts them out the running. 


Many candidates offer references when you interview them. You may already have some if they applied online and your company requires they list a few. 


The reference check is a valuable way to check the validity of the claims made by the candidate in respect of experience and qualifications. It gives another point of…


Added by Ty Abernethy on March 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Your Mom Still Loves You, Phil Doesn't Remember You - Common Reference Mistakes

Somewhere in the vast landscape of job hunting, someone convinced job seekers that references are something that employers no longer check.  I mean, after all, you’ve interviewed twice, got a free lunch, and even a shiny new pen with the company’s name on it.  Why would they care about what other people have to say about you?…


Added by Dustin Laycock on January 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

INSIDE REFERRAL CANDIDATES – birds of a feather and all that fluff

by Nanci Lamborn at BrightMove Recruiting Software

Two of the worst interviews I can recall in my recent history were both referred from one of my most successful, highest producing employees. Both candidates were abrasive, arrogant, and unfriendly, and neither interview lasted very long. At first the disparity between the unpleasant applicants and the accomplished referring employee left me somewhat perplexed. But later as I… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on November 12, 2009 at 12:49pm — No Comments

SHARE IF YOU DARE? Part 2 of Employment References

Last week we took a look at the value of securing prior employment references. As promised, let’s turn the tables and look at how we respond when we’re the one being asked for the reference. When a coworker or a subordinate leaves and requests to name us as a reference, do we oblige them?

What if the one leaving was a mediocre worker on their best day, the dreary sot after whose departure you expect a merry parade between the cubicles? (Don’t deny it… someone specific just came to… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on October 29, 2009 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

SHARE IF YOU DARE. What is the value of prior employment references?

“References available upon request.” We are all extremely familiar with the phrase, or some variation thereof, indicating that a host of credible witnesses stand at the ready to affirm a candidate’s praises. Some modern day camps including the University of California at Berkeley and Emory University in Atlanta no longer recommend including the classic expression as a part of a polished and professional CV. It is now assumed that if the candidate is as fabulous as they claim, they will be able… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on October 20, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

References; Best Practices


I am writing an article on references for my newsletter and thought it would be fun to poll other recruiters. I would like to hear your thoughts regarding best practices for references. Specifically, how do you make sure you are legally compliant, do you have set questions you ask (i.e. behavioral, technical, etc), do you allow confidential references, do you accept letters of recommendations in place of references, how long do you keep reference data on file,… Continue

Added by Kristin on December 8, 2008 at 1:56pm — No Comments

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