Hot Hiring Hint from Mel Kleiman : Make Applicants Responsible

If you're having a difficult time connecting with people applicants have listed as references, have the applicant to take responsibility for this instead.

Simply say that your company requires that you speak with three references, then ask applicants to contact their references, give them permission to speak with you and ask that they call you.

When applicant references call, get their permission to call them right back. That way, you make sure that the people calling are who they say they are, and not just applicants' friends calling to help them get hired.

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