How to Get the Most Out of Your Reference Checks

Checking references is a critical step toward making your final hiring decision and setting up your new leader for success in your mission-driven organization.

Most hiring organizations underestimate the helpful information you can obtain from reference checks if you both ask and listen carefully. By speaking with former colleagues, you’ll have insights to add to your hiring decision that you and your colleagues won’t get from interviews. You’re looking not just for things that will rule in (or out) a candidate but for something that will help you make distinctions among candidates or will help ensure that the person you pick will be positioned to succeed with your organization.

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