Good reference checking has become a necessity in today’s world of rapidly changing standards and expectations. A person’s past performance is a good indicator of how that person will perform in the future.
Today the reference check still remains the jewel in the crown and will deliver a goldmine of information when conducted well.
Imagine if you will, a screening company's mission, with no direct contact with the applicant is putting together a 1,000 piece jigsaw of an individual from a box that has no picture. The screening company's objective is to review all the claims and details provided by the applicant and to start piecing together the jigsaw that will form a picture of the applicant and confirm the accuracy or inaccuracy back to the prospective employer.
One of the keys to Employrite's success has been the process and the highly skilled approach they apply to each and every reference check. Our highly trained and experienced staff cross reference all the information provided by the applicant in minute detail and speak in depth with all previous employers and referees.
The stark reality out there in business is:
In the event that a reference checking is conducted, very frequently the person can lack the time, skills and experience to ask the right questions to obtain the relevant information. Hiring Managers and even recruiters or outplacement recruitment company staff can lose objectivity through this exercise. Many unknowlingly or knowingly adopt a bias that supports their original decision to hire or because of a vested interest in the outcome of the hire.
By contrast Employrite Reference Checkers not only have the training and expertise, they have a positive feeling about the task and love nothing better to check the claims of the applicant by speaking to the direct report. They never meet the applicant and are therefore not influenced by a great interview or any aspects about the person. They engage the referee asking all the relevant questions and in turn actively listen and apply their well honed skills about what is said as well as what is not being said. They probe to clarify and probe some more. Employrite consider Reference checking to be something of an art and placed in the right hands can return all manner of information that is cross reference with those claimed by the applicant. Very frequently more is revealed to the prospective employer than was ever imagined.
A well conducted reference check will provide the prospective employer with valuable insight and will test the accuracy of the information put forward and the honesty of the applicant. Employrite investigators have a combined 150 + years of experience in this field.
The most frequent discoveries in reference checking are:
Reference checking is an aggressive, proactive way to reduce turnover and build a high quality workforce. Reducing turnover has a huge impact on the bottom line.
What you learn up front is only what you will find out three months, six months, or a year or so after he or she has been working for you. So isn’t it better to discover the information sooner rather than later and proactively address the situation, not just react to it later on?
It is our professional perspective and those of our clients that a company disadvantages themselves when retaining reference checking and allocating the other background checks to a ascreening company. We can add the most value when we have all the core information and then cross reference every article of information.
Employrite New Zealand office covers both the North and South Island – Towns including Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Wellington Christchurch, Queenstown, Nelson, Dunedin, Invercargill.
Employrite Australia provides services for the all the States and cities of Australia – Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Tasmania. Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane.