Reference verification serves as a vital component of the employment screening process. A professional reference check — conducted by phone or in writing via email — helps you confirm important employment details about job candidates.
During an employee reference check, a professional interviewer can verify employment with a specific company, as well as the dates of employment. Positions held, eligibility for re-hire and reasons for separation from the company may also be verified during a reference interview.
In some instances, a specialty reference check may be warranted, such as a DOT Prior Employment Verification, This is a combination of a past employment verification and a reference check that is required for transportation companies that are regulated to comply with DOT Rule 49 CFR Part 40 Section 40.25.
Benefits of Verifying Employee References
Checking references adds information about a candidate’s work ethic and character traits to your employment verification process. Professional and personal references offer a more subjective look at a candidate to help you confirm personal qualities. Is the candidate hardworking, honest, reliable, a team player? Is this someone with whom you want to work? Is he or she a good fit with your group?
By working with a qualified reference verification service, you implement an additional method for verifying the integrity of your job applicants, and you gain information beyond what candidates provide in their resumes.
Key information you may learn from standard reference check service results include:
- Level of interpersonal and social skills
- Primary motivating factors
- Quality of working relationships
Choosing a Reference Checking Service
Global Verification Network uses modern communication methodologies to streamline the reference gathering and checking process. Our QuikVerify email verification system offers a seamless user experience. All reference requests are customized with client-specific questions that are emailed directly to the reference. The Global Verification Network screening system then gathers and reports results in a timely manner.
Our reference checking service provides more in-depth information about the applicant than you get from traditional interviews and employment checks. We contact former supervisors, co-workers and colleagues to round out your employment screening process.
While we customize our questions to meet your needs, examples of questions that we typically ask may include:
- How long have you known the applicant?
- In what capacity do you know the applicant?
- What is your overall opinion of this person?
- What are the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses?
- Does the applicant exhibit good moral character?
- What is the applicant’s work style?
- Is the applicant a team player?
- Can you depend on the applicant?
- Does the applicant have a good work ethic?
- Would you choose to work with this applicant again?
Work With a Reputable Reference Verification Service
Reference check companies (also known as Consumer Reporting Agencies or CRAs) can help make your employment screening process more thorough. By conducting professional reference checks, you take an important step toward verifying details that may not be available through other methods.
To get started with the reference check process through Global Verification Network, please fill out our form below.