Newsletter – February 12, 2020
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(Reference) check it before you wreck it
In this newsletter, we’re bringing you a refresh of our reference checks content. Reference checks shouldn’t just be a formality, a nice-to-have, or an afterthought in the hiring process—they are an important step for collecting additional information about your candidates. When done well, reference checks can save you from the wrong hire or help you choose between two strong candidates.
Check out our reference checks toolkit below, which includes:
- A reference check outline worksheet to help you dig beneath the surface
- A sample reference check outline
- A list of questions to ask references so you can gather overall impressions of the candidate and probe for specific, must-have qualities
Is your go-to reference check question missing from our question bank? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
What We’re Reading
Happy Black History Month!
For the last two years, our friends at La Piana Consulting have been interviewing Black women leaders for their “Black and Bold” blog series. Check out their recent interview with Amber Hikes, a queer Black woman serving as the American Civil Liberties Union’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer (and if you’ve seen this article that’s been making its rounds, you’ll know that being a woman of color in this role is no small feat). In 2018, Hikes was named “Community Organizer of the Year” by OUT Magazine and recognized as one of Business Equality Pride’s 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40.
Who are the Black leaders you are celebrating this month? Email email@example.com to let us know.