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8 Questions to Ask During Any Reference-Checking Phone Call

8 Questions to Ask During Any Reference-Checking Phone Call
From Recruiter - January 25, 2017

Article by Sorosh Tavakoli

It is extremely hard to get an idea of what a person will be like at work through classic interviews alone.The best way I know around this problem is by making reference calls. Done well, they are gold mine.

Im not trying to capture everything involved in checkingreferences, but here are some things to consider:

- Always try tofind some backdoor references.Dont just rely on the applicants provided references.

- Anyone taking a reference call will usually have a desire to be helpful to the applicant. Your job is to get through that initial kindness and go deeper.

- Dontfocus on validating your own assumptions. Instead, ask open-ended questions and listen. Be quiet and let the reference speak.



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