How to Get a Candidate Reference. Every. Time.

2018 Talent Conference & Exposition
You will examine the reasons you don't check references (including a very real fear of litigation) and step-by-step instructions for how to do so.

Reference checking has become such a taboo topic in the hiring game, and yet it's one of the most important determining factors when considering a candidate for a job. We think it's time to disrupt the notion that reference checks should be taboo. We jump all over candidate and employee referrals like they're the best thing since the Snuggie, shouldn't we then also hold a direct supervisor's referral or opinion of the employee's performance in high regard? At least in part while we consider all other factors? This session will teach you how to overcome the challenges, including the fear of litigation, of obtaining a reference and how to navigate this process with finesse every time you hire. You will learn:

·         Why employers don't try or are afraid to check references.

·         The various things we tell ourselves to justify not checking a reference.

·         How to overcome the many different candidate objections to getting reference
          information, including “it's against HR policy.”

·         What kinds of things to actually say to the candidate's reference once you get the person
          on the phone that will help you make an informed decision about the candidate's fit.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:45am to 11:00am

Fletcher Wimbush


Founder and CEO of the Hire Talent Fletcher Wimbush interviews over 1,500 applicants, assesses thousands more, and places upwards of 35 top performers for a wide range of companies and industries each year. Having grown businesses in both entrepreneurial and corporate settings, Fletcher presents to businesses, Chambers of Commerce, and webinar audiences across the globe. He also coaches business leaders on best recruiting practices using self-established resources such as the Power Interview Guide, Reference Checking Guide and eBook, as well as several articles.

Promenade Level: Roman Ballroom III & IV
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Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
Business Acumen
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