PeopleChecking Advise On The Benefits Of Written References
PeopleChecking, a service dedicated to offering employee background checks and employment screening services, feel that companies should request written references when interviewing potential employees instead of speaking directly to their previous employer over the phone.
- (1888PressRelease) July 09, 2010 - United Kingdom - References are increasingly becoming something of a legal minefield, especially as more people are applying for vacant positions due to the recession. PeopleChecking recommend that instead of telephoning provided references when employee screening, they should instead seek a written reference of their time in a previous employment.
The danger is that comments from an ex-employer over the telephone can be misinterpreted and dates of employment can be hard to remember if they aren't expecting the phone call. Comments about their suitability for a role they are applying for and their abilities can also be inaccurate - especially if a long time has passed since the candidate worked for that employee. PeopleChecking instead recommend requesting a written reference which will be a lot more accurate, as the author will have more time to gather their thoughts and give a balanced opinion on the employee.
"Nothing is ever off the record when you're telephoning somebody to request a reference, especially if it's negative. Mud sticks, and they could really affect the candidate's chances of employment, especially if they make an accidental off-the-cuff remark," says Mathew Armstrong, Business Development Manager at NorthgateArinso PeopleChecking. "Written references are a lot more accurate and allow people to collate their thoughts to give a reasonable representation of the employee's time in their service. We're not suggesting you discount telephone references entirely, but you're more likely to get a fairer representation of the candidate if you request a written reference."
To find out more about PeopleChecking and the employment screening services they provide, visit their website at: http://www.peoplechecking.com/ or telephone 0800 035 0545