Follow five tips to get the best insight into how a job seeker will perform in your business when you contact their referees.
- How do they react to your call
A good candidate makes their referees aware of their job application. If the referees respond professionally and with confidence they are a reliable source and your candidate is well prepared. However, if they are blasé or surprised you should be concerned.
- Look at their qualifications
The higher the standing of the referee and their level of interaction will clarify the work ethic and personal values the candidate possesses.
- Assess their enthusiasm
The tone of voice speaks volumes about the referee’s relationship with the candidate. Is the referee enthusiastic and eager to sing the praises of them, or are they guarded and reserved in their descriptions?
- Seek a well-rounded opinion about the candidate’s employment
A good referee will speak of a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Ask for their opinion about the candidate’s suitability for the position, and don’t be afraid to dig deeper.
- Ask them if they have any extra comments
Once you have asked your list of questions and gathered examples, ask the referee for any additional comments. This can pinpoint the personal and professional qualities the candidate can bring to your team.