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Why Should I Check My Applicant’s References?

Posted in News & Events, News Articles on 04/03/2013

We have had clients ask this question.  We’ll hear – “Why should I check out his references?  I interviewed him and he has the skills and qualities I want in my employees.  I don’t need you to check his references.” 

This could be a big mistake and cost your company time and money in hiring someone who isn’t a fit or doesn’t have the skills listed on his resume.  Some applicants are honest, but not all applicants are as truthful as you’d like them to be.  The resume you see is a marketing tool designed to get his foot in the door at your company.  Some may stretch the truth a little; others may make outright fabrications.  Once the applicant gets an interview you may think that he was poised, confident and gave the right answers. But it’s always a good idea to check out the details. 

We’ll contact your applicant’s current and/or former employers and references to find out the truth.  Did your applicant work for the company for five years?  Or was it just five months?  Did the applicant work on the projects listed?  Did your applicant have the duties and responsibilities listed?  An important question – would you rehire the applicant? – is also asked of employers.  All information you need to help you make the best hiring decision for your company.

So, instead of asking “why should I check my applicant’s references?” you should be asking “how soon can I start checking my applicant’s references?”  Contact BackTrack at 800-991-9694 to get started.