The objective is the same for both parties- no one wants to be hired for the wrong position. The standard 10 point reference check that has somehow gained traction in hiring circles is a token stage.
There are 5 steps to conducting a quality reference, and it starts with understanding that the term “reference” is wrong. The objective is to utilize a 3rd party resource to make sure that this is the right opportunity for not just the company, but for the candidate as well. Define the function and let the Manager explain how the individual’s skills would seem to fit into that environment. Define the culture and allow the manager to conclude their own opinion on whether that is the type of culture that this individual would thrive in. Include 2-4 alternative environment questions that will allow the manager to give a sincere opinion. Those are steps 3 and 4 in Bridgeway’s 5 point reference protocol.
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