If you’re like most hiring managers, you assume the information a candidate supplies you with is accurate. Unfortunately, in today’s tough job market, that isn’t always the case.
As one of the leading staffing agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Provisional knows candidates are increasingly fudging, exaggerating and outright lying on their application materials, including in the list of references they supply.
What’s even more distressing is that many employers make hiring decisions based on references. For instance, if two candidates are in the running for a position with equally strong skills and experience, positive reviews from a reference can be the boost to secure the position for one candidate over another. But beware. There are companies out there that will offer phony references…for a fee.
So how can you spot a fake reference and ensure you hire the right candidate?
• Don’t make assumptions. Don’t simply assume because a candidate comes across as professional that they’re always going to be honest with you about their references. Thoroughly vet each candidate and verify their experience.
• Ask the right questions. When calling a reference a candidate has listed, be as specific as possible with your questions. The more specific you are, the better the chance you have of catching a fake reference in a lie. You can use information directly from your interview with the candidate or from their resume. For example: “Mike told me part of his job was to respond to requests for proposals. About how often did he do that?”
• Do your own research. If you’re suspicious that a company is a fake, then do some digging on your own. Google the company’s name and see what you find. If there are no results – or websites dedicated to warning you about the company – then that’s a sign the candidate is lying about their references.
• Outsource reference checks. One of the easiest ways to ensure references are always properly verified is to outsource the work to a company that conducts background checks. Such a company will not only be able to verify references, but other background information, as well, ensuring you hire the best person for the job.
Need more help screening job applicants? Give Provisional a call. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we can help you reduce your risk of making a hiring mistake, so you can access the top talent you need. Just give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.