There are always conflicting opinions as to the value of reference checks now a days.
In Gibraltar, such a tight knit community, word of mouth entices the rumour mill and most candidates are not recruited due to another person’s opinion of them rather than an objective overview of the candidates/employees skills and performance. Or in the same breath many companies are just not committing to obtaining references, which can have a negative and costly effect on your recruitment process and budget. The obvious reasons for not conducting reference checks are lack of training or busy HR schedules.
What are the benefits of job references?
- Ensure the candidate/employee matches your work ethic and culture
- Validate (or not) what the candidate has put on their CV
- Reveal high potential candidates who may not be the best at interviewing and filter out the embellishers who appear amazing on paper
- The best indicator of future performance is a candidates past performance, and his ex-employer is the best source of this information
In a bid to ensure your candidates are fairly screened and references are received in a timely manner there is an easy solution to understanding why a candidate left previous employment and which party instigated the termination. Ask candidates to provide you with their Termination of Employment issued by the ETB, you can request this for all their past Gibraltar work history. It works very well to get a better understanding of the termination itself, gives full details of the dates of employment and always has a reason for the termination.