Reference checks are conversations with prior managers, peers, and direct reports of a job applicant. They help you assess how the applicant performed in prior jobs, what environments they are most successful in, and help detect any red flags that do not come out of applicant interviews.
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- Executive Hires: The Case for Extreme Referencing
References are important for executive hiring, as resumes and interviews are likely to leave out any negative experience. This article goes through how to do reference checks at the executive level.