Approximately a third of all potential employees either exaggerate or lie outright on their CVs. That mean you have a one in three chance of hiring a liar.
But you have the power to prevent this. All you have to do is make sure that you've double checked the candidate's reference.
This sounds like it could be an admin nightmare. But not if you use this simple checklist to make sure you've checked everything you need to...
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The 22 checks you should cover in a reference check
When doing a reference check
, you may not check every single one of these points. This will depend on the position and how high profile it is, but it's still a good idea to cover as many as possible:
1. Criminal record;
2. Driver's licence and driving records;
3. Credit history;
4. Employment details;
5. Education records;
7. Professional credentials and memberships;
8. Employment references;
9. Character references ;
10. Gaps in employment history;
11. Identity or passport numbers;
12. Address and telephone contact details;
14. Citizenship, immigration, or legal working status;
15. Open media searches;
16. Security clearance checks;
17. Litigation records;
18. Drug tests;
19. Psychometric testing;
20. Licensing, patent or copyright records;
21. Medical status; and
22. Military records.
Just make sure you don't end up on the wrong side of the law while completing any of these checks.
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Don't break the law while completing reference checks
State this is part of your hiring process in your job advertisement. Ask candidates to complete a permission form, which allows you to do the check background and employment references. Lastly, contact shortlisted candidates and tell them that as part of the final process you have questions to ask their references.
Follow these rules when doing any of the references checks from the checklist and you'll have your perfect job candidate in no time.