Employment Reference Check Service
You meet a fantastic candidate that seems to meet all of your qualifications. Your candidate also provided you with three professional references so that you can verify their skills and qualifications for yourself. All that’s left to do is call.
You pick up the phone and make the call. The individual on the other end confirms that they are the reference, and proceeds to give an absolutely fantastic reference for your prospective candidate.
What’s wrong with this employment reference check?
The Trouble With References
The problem with this picture is that you have no idea whether the person you spoke to is really who they say they are. If it is the right person, are they even telling the truth?
America is in the midst of a false reference epidemic. It has become much too easy for an employee to make up a reference on the spot. A quick Google search reveals that finding a reference is as easy as pulling out your credit card; just head to websites that sell references services. Need someone to confirm you worked at a fictional business? They can do that. Prefer to change your job title and add on experience you don’t have? These reference falsification services can do that, too.
But most applicants don’t use services – they have a friend or past colleague lie for them instead. When they follow this path, it is virtually impossible for employers to determine the truth alone.
IMI Data Search’s Employment Reference Check Service empowers you to identify real and fake references by identifying serious red flags. The result is more reliable, trustworthy candidate reviews that provide real, logical value.
What is an Employment Reference Check Service?
Our Employment Reference Check Service validates a reference as well as the information they provide while giving a reference. It is the best way to ensure that references are real and truthful. IMI Data Search’s Reference Check Service and searches help employers identify fraud and strip back past employer bias to red flag overly positive or overly negative results. With the power of information in your hands, you can make a fair, balanced, and honest decision about when and who you hire.
When you order an Employment Reference Check Service from IMI Data Search, you have options. Choose from a standard verification search that confirms whether references and the information they provide are real, or select a more advanced in-person interview instead. If you choose an in-person interview, IMI Data Search will select a verification expert to speak or meet with the candidate and/or the reference, identifying red flags that may indicate fraud.
Who Should Run Reference Checks?
Every employer in America who screens prospective employees by reviewing references should use an Employment Reference Check Service. A reference is only as good as it is reliable, and without Reference Checks, there’s simply no way to know whether the information is real.
Employers within specific industries may glean special benefits from Employment Reference Check Services. These industries and the positions within them are typically high-risk or very reliant on networking and/or personal word-of-mouth referrals.
Examples of this include:
- Patient care
- Child care
- Legal advice
- Law enforcement
- Finance or securities
- Sales or marketing
- Manual labor jobs
- Most entry-level positions
The explosion of the gig economy and social media in the workforce is also increasing how often employers and workers rely on references. Many employers are turning to a “reference-first” networking hire, rather than reviewing the full picture first. This is an incredibly dangerous approach.
Instead, employers should run full background checks on all employees – including Employment Reference Check Services – for absolute confidence. The safety and growth of your business depends on it!
Why You Need Reference Check Services
Our Employment Reference Check Service reveals important information about your applicant, including who they know and have worked with, and whether or not they tell the truth. If the Reference Check identify that a candidate lied about their reference, or had someone lie for them, you have instant proof that your candidate is untrustworthy. A candidate who lies about their references and experiences will lie again after employment – and the consequences could be much more severe than missing out on a single hire.
Candidates who lie about their references typically lie for a few very specific reasons. They may have real references who, if provided, would give a negative report or paint a negative picture of the candidate due to negative past performances.
Applicants also lie when they need to cover up the fact that they don’t really hold the experience they say they hold. They may have a friend lie for them about fictitious past positions, or they may have a professional friend lie and claim they worked at the business even though it isn’t true.
In some cases, candidates may lie not about the job itself, but about the details of the job or the experience. This is an attempt to “pad” their experiences and make themselves appear more robust and well-rounded than they really are. References who report unusual or strange skills in the line of duty (e.g., a line cook having Microsoft Sharepoint skills) are cause for employers to be immediately suspicious.
With our Employment Reference Check Service, you have the power to identify the truth about suspicious references. IMI Data Search verifies the reference, the details the reference gives, and the validity of all associated experiences and skills.
How IMI Data Helps with Employment Reference Checks
IMI Data Search’s advanced, multi-tiered approach to an Employment Reference Check Service puts the power of the truth back in your hands. Our convenient platform integrates with most popular human resource software, including KRONOS, PeopleSoft, Oracle, iCims, and HRSmart, but you can also interact with or order reports from a single online cloud-based login. It takes only minutes to order the information you need – results come back in as little as a day.
When you partner with IMI Data Search, you benefit from decades of expert experience in the recruiting and security industries. Connect with us today to learn more about how we can help your business grow and remain protected for life.