Why you should diversify your recruitment processes
A diverse and inclusive team undoubtedly increases productivity and innovation and helps achieve results.
Traditionally, employers want to make sure that recruitment is safeguarded as much as possible and need to check that the hiring decision is the right one. References have been the main source of this information but sometimes do get missed or not followed up as it can be a time-consuming process.
In an ideal world, it would be great to be able to speak directly with the potential employees most previous Line Manager and ask all the questions around time-keeping, attendance, team fit, ability to do job and reason for leaving. In reality, this is not possible, most line managers will be unable to respond to reference requests and it will be referred to HR. It is also now very common for employees to have had a number of roles and how do you know how far back to go?
There is also a school of thought around should references be a way of safeguarding your hire or should they be used during the selection process to aid in making the decision.
Recently there has been a small trend that some organisations are not taking references and are allowing the main contingent labour to work with no checks.
How risky is this and does the time saved counterbalance this risk?
Safeguarding is always going to be important and it would seem to be very risky to stop carrying out any checks on candidates and here is why:
It is likely that most companies will continue to seek references, but they are in some circumstances becoming dilated and therefore not as useful. There are some who now use social media and online search engines to research potential employees – should this be included in the search for your talent or does it cross over into knowing the person as opposed to the skills they can offer?
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