is not likely to tell us about any past performance or attendance
problems, but 67% of employers will be forthcoming about a former
employees problem areas.
that employers take reasonable care to hire employees who wont
harm others. Evidence of thorough reference checking will benefit
the University in the event of a negligent hire claim.
Acting on information
derived from interviewing is a game of chance. Human resource hiring
statistics indicate that the chances of finding a good candidate
through an interview process is only (selecting on gut feelings)
is only 25%.
At best, the
reference check will confirm the belief that you have identified
the best candidate for the job. At worst, it will reveal a need
to reevaluate the candidate.
If a supervisor
has two strong final candidates, reference checks may help the supervisor
to make a choice.