A recent study suggested that 50 percent of references obtained are not from past supervisors. Further studies have concluded that a majority of references do not include information about the candidate’s technical abilities and personal attributes. References from former managers are critical to the vetting process; asking a former supervisor about a potential candidate’s performance can provide great insight on whether the candidate would be a good fit. Asking about soft skills can help verify if the candidate is a culture fit for the organization.
While a thorough vetting process will enable a higher level of success in finding great candidates, be aware it does take time. Agency recruiters spend at least 40 hours finding a candidate for their clients, and another 10 hours vetting them. Using a staffing company as a resource is a great solution, considering the time needed to find top talent. Companies that leave the vetting process to the experts, such as successful recruiting firms like Alaant, find they have more time to devote to their projects and clients.
Jaime Toolan, Senior Talent Resource Manager
Jaime is passionate about building Tech Valley’s technical workforce. He led the efforts to recruit valuable IT talent to the area and now specializes in finding ServiceNow Technical Experts nationwide. Jaime values integrity as a recruiter and believes being honest and ultimately doing what is best for the client builds successful relationships. He also finds himself buying chocolate regularly to keep his co-workers happy. In his downtime, he enjoys watching the New York Yankees and also plays softball and golf when he can.