You’ve found your superstar candidate: they have the skills and experience you need, and the interview went well. With a great candidate right at your fingertips, you might be tempted to jump the gun and offer this person a job on the spot. After all, how important is a reference check, anyway? Experts estimate that approximately 20% to 50% of candidates lie on a résumé to embellish their credentials, so checking references isn’t a step to neglect. Reference checking not only allows you to confirm facts, it acts as a figurative crystal ball allowing you a glimpse at the past and an idea of what the future might hold.
You want to know whether this person is too good to be true and get a better sense of how they might fare at your company. A quick conference with a couple people can make a world of difference. Gaining independent insight about a candidate’s previous on-the-job performance is a key feature of the reference check. It verifies the information provided by the candidate on their résumé and during the interview.