Background check. You better believe it. Reference check. A must. Sanity check. Good luck with that. As employers, there’s only so much you can do. An endless stream of tasks await - confirm wage or salary budgets, writing up the job description, assessing recruitment costs, team impact, best hiring tools to use, and last (but certainly not least) - making sure you DON’T HIRE a current guest star on America’s Most Wanted.
Sound too crazy to be true?
Think again. This is why background and reference checks were implemented in the first place. Imagine giving the green light to a candidate taking on a role working with children and innocently forgetting to conduct a thorough reference & background check. Well, handsome Johnny may have an awesome resume displaying his impressive credentials as a youth advocate, but somehow forgot to mention he had a couple of warrants out for his arrest. Oops. Now, that being said - those warrants could’ve just been issued based on old parking tickets that were never paid, but nonetheless that may change Johnny’s potential ‘availability’ for this role..don’t ya’ think?
So, what about a reference check? Here are 6 questions you should ask..
Asking these questions will allow an employer to assess a candidate’s potential and ultimately make a decision on cultural fit. Remember that you must receive a candidate’s consent to contact their references because randomly calling up Johnny’s mom or last boss is a bit ILLEGAL without them knowing about it lol.
Till next time Happy Hiring!
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