Employment Reference Checks – Best Practices When           Checking Employee References!Recent study shows that as many a...
applicants can (and do) sue for defamation. As a result, 54 percent of employerswill not provide information about previou...
Always Check Employment references by phone, not by mail:Companies & people are reluctant about putting comments related t...
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Employment Reference Checks – Best Practices When Checking Employee References!

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Employment reference checks are considered as one of the best tools to inquire about a prospective employee. Reference checking is always been an important factor for all the companies wants to make the informed decision of hiring the right employee.

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Employment Reference Checks – Best Practices When Checking Employee References!

  1. 1. Employment Reference Checks – Best Practices When Checking Employee References!Recent study shows that as many as one third of all the job seekers contain factsthat are less than truthful. This amount of lies in the job applications have madethe employers to perform every aspect of background screening before hiring anemployee.Employment reference checks are considered as the best inquiry tool for theemployers to get to know deep about the prospective employee and it is tsubstantially playing a critical role in all hiring decisions.Photo Credits: www.cartoonstock.comUnfortunately, previous employers are increasingly reluctant to provide reluctantreferences or background check information for fear of being sued by previousemployees for defamation. If former employers provide potential employers withunsubstantiated information that damages applicants’ chances of being hired,
  2. 2. applicants can (and do) sue for defamation. As a result, 54 percent of employerswill not provide information about previous employees.But these discrepancies can easily be resolved by adopting employment referencecheck best practices, which will help employers to stop distracting from the rightcourse. These employment reference check best practices will empower anemployer; give protection to the job candidate and also save them fromdiscrimination & biasness.Employment Reference Check Fundamentals and Best Practices to Avoid Risks!Reference checking is not optional:Ask for at least three references. Obtaining multiple references allows you toverify consistency among respondents and to demonstrate that you have madereasonable efforts to confirm the validity of information.Inform the candidate that you plan to check employment references:When you invite applicants to the selection interview, request that they comeprepared with a list of employment references. The list should include the name,title, organization, address, and telephone number of the references. Prior noticeof employment reference checks is a must.Who Should Do The Employment Reference Checking:The individual conducting the employment reference check should be thoroughlyfamiliar with the duties & skills required to perform the duties. Third partybackground screening companies have trained staff and resources which can helpemployers in this regard in a more appropriate manner.Avoid personal references:Your purpose is to talk to a person who can comment on the candidate’s pastemployment performance. The best references can be direct supervisors, peersand subordinates. So avoid personal references.
  3. 3. Always Check Employment references by phone, not by mail:Companies & people are reluctant about putting comments related to currentand former employees and their performance on paper because they fear legalliability. There are many plus points in making phone reference checks like tone ofvoice, a period of silence, or guarded response can change the meaning of aresponse dramatically.What to ask and what not To for Employment Reference Checks:As it is an employment reference check, focus questions on knowledge, skills,abilities, and behaviors required for your specific position. Never askdiscriminatory questions like age, race, sex, religion, national origin or maritalstatus.Muhammad Saad Khan is a Writer, Social Media and Business ManagementThought Leader Working with Dataflow Group, the worlds leading primary sourceverification company headquartered in Singapore. His current research is aboutEmployment Reference Checks and its Best Practices.

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