In our never ending attempts to really know our preferred candidates, the role of reference checking remains as crucial as ever.
Done correctly (that means obtaining the right information) it ranks alongside psychometric testing and interviewing as one of the most reliable predictors of on-the-job performance.
However there’s one small point that occasionally trips up employers – and even some experienced recruiters. It’s the subject of “checking the referees”.
When you’ve run that job advert and the resume’s start flowing in, it won’t be long before its time to pick up the phone and start contacting the better applicants.
Obviously, your main line of questioning is about determining if their skills, qualifications and work experience are a good fit to your vacancy. On top of that, here’s a few of my tips from having conducted probably 2,000 – 3,000 phone screenings.
1. It’s all about speed.
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We all keep hearing about the power of advertising via social media but is it really effective? We’re not yet convinced, at least when it comes to the SME sector and other private ventures – ie: the non corporate sector.
Why? – Because first and foremost, there’s a notable lack of data available from the providers themselves and also from independent sources (regarding its effectiveness).
Social media sites such as LinkedIn are coming under scrutiny from advertisers because it transpires that visitors spend the least amount of time on LinkedIn. Turns out that member’s mostly just update their resumes’ and then log off – not much looking around happens so adverts don’t get noticed.
Of course active job seekers will search those adverts but it seems that the greatest beneficiaries are corporations who can dedicate time to networking with the view to identifying good talent.
So if you’re a non corporate entity we suggest continuing to advertise on seek, mycareer and careerone in Australia. At least until there’s some solid evidence that social media advertising is money well spent.
Here’s a magazine we’ve long respected for their contribution to the development and support of SME’s in Australia.
Their article today entitled “How important is cultural fit when recruiting” is one of the first we’ve seen that explains the topic in a format that’s easily understood.