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Why More Candidates Are Doing Reference Checks on Potential Employers

Why More Candidates Are Doing Reference Checks on Potential Employers
From Recruiter - November 7, 2016

Employment references are one of the oldest tools in the book. Companies rely on them to vet candidatesand assess the stability, competence, and reliability of possible employees.

At Argentus, we conduct reference checks on all our successful placements, and its always a great feeling when we hear the enthusiasm in a references voice as they speak about a great candidate were representing. A solid reference (often arriving near the end of the hiring process) provides confirmation of a candidates excellence. It helps our clients be confident in their hiring processes and weed out potentially bad fits.

But more and more, it appears like the shoe is on the other foot. As the job market continues to heat up, more job seekers are conducting informal reference checks on prospective employers to make sure a company is right for them from the perspective of culture, flexibility, and overall respect for employees.

Sound strange? Not really. A report from Virginia Galt in the Globe and Mail examines this emerging trendin which candidates who are close to securing job offers will not onlylook up an employers reviews on sites like Glassdoor, but will also go to the trouble of looking up a companys current or former employees on LinkedIn. Then, candidates will actually call these employees up for a quick chat about what its like to work at the company.

Its essentially a reverse reference check, if you will.

In our opinion, we think this trend says a lot about where the job market is going and how the job search is evolving in the social media age. With such fierce competition for talent, companies need to be more aware than ever of how candidates are assessing them. Todays job seekers are doing their due diligence, and theyll walk away if they hear negative things about a workplace.

Job seekers are demanding more transparency from the hiring process. They want to know what working for a company is really like, and this information is something you cant always get from a hiring manager hence the emerging practice of candidates calling current and former employees.



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