What are industry reference checks and how do they affect talent acquisition? (Answer by Andrew Stahl - Stahl Recruiting)

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Oftentimes, clients will request reference checks: questions posed to prior business relations of the candidate (i.e., co-workers, superiors, business partners, customers, etc.). Placed into document form, the verbal inquiries focus on the skills, background, experiences, and personal attributes of the candidate – asking about successes, failures, positive attributes, and potential areas needing bolstering.

The overall aim is to provide additional due diligence on the candidate; an additional check system, if you will.  And as with the multiple conversations had with the candidate, reference checks provide additional ‘color’ separate from what is found within the resume. When the individual is truly a good match for the role, reference checks will reaffirm this viewpoint.