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Reference Checking Services

Employment Reference Checking Services

Professional references from your job candidates help gain an additional level of information on your applicants, beyond what is listed on their resume. It can provide greater insight into a person’s work ethic and abilities. Barada Associates offers reference checking services to help expedite the employment verification process human resource professionals must complete when screening an applicant.

Our professional reference reports are based on in-depth interviews with your candidate’s work-related references. We are proud to be the industry leader in this highly specialized field. During our 40 years of reference checking, we have learned that references will often reveal information to a third-party company that they will not share with a hiring firm. That is why our associates employ skilled interview techniques to obtain thorough information from references and compile detailed, objective reports.

If your company is in need of a reference checking service, contact the professionals at Barada Associates today. We’ve provided reference checks and employment verification services for more than four decades.

Check for Fabricated References

Hiring managers will notice a candidate with multiple references and believe each individual is respected and, at the very least, a real person. Nowadays, with such a competitive job market, it’s easy for a candidate to think their references won’t get called and falsify who they put down as a reference. That’s why Barada performs a comprehensive reference checking service for its clients. We understand it’s better to be overly cautious in your hiring process and verify any information your candidates provide.

Comprehensive Character Profile

Our interviews are conducted in an “open-ended,” conversational style so you are getting more than yes/no answers. Each reference report provides a complete view of the candidate’s past job performance along with an indication of how well the candidate will perform if hired by you. Our team will contact your applicant’s references and help you assess their capabilities and reputation. We can develop a specialized reference check that fits your organization if needed.

How Should References Be Checked?

Professional reference checks should always be part of the job hiring process to confirm that the candidate has the skills he or she stats they do. Barada’s reference checkers conduct interviews over the phone. However, there are several ways to conduct reference checks. We’ll talk about three methods and which one we recommend.

Mail or email

A mailed or emailed questionnaire is not a recommended way to reach out to references because it is only one-way communication. It doesn’t give the reference checker the ability to follow up on questions.

Suppose one of the questions is, “How would you rate the candidate’s overall performance?” Now, suppose the written response is, “No one performed like she did.” It’s impossible to know exactly what the job reference meant by this comment, which is why it’s not a good idea to send out a questionnaire.

In-person

Sitting down with references would be ideal in a perfect world. But because of time and money, this isn’t always a viable option.

Telephone

Our professional reference checking services are an important part of the employment verification process and are conducted over the phone. We want to give the prospective employer as much information as possible about the candidate. A phone conversation is the best way to get a feel for the job candidate’s skill level. A phone call is a two-way conversation that allows the reference checker to ask follow-up questions.

“We wanted an organization that had innovative and effective ways to improve the screening process. The staff at Barada have been very responsive. They understand how their services can assist us and will suggest creative solutions that meet the needs of the Archdiocese. We have been impressed with everyone from the human element on down.”

Ed Isakson, Human Resources Director, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

“We wanted an organization that had innovative and effective ways to improve the screening process. The staff at Barada have been very responsive. They understand how their services can assist us and will suggest creative solutions that meet the needs of the Archdiocese. We have been impressed with everyone from the human element on down.”

Ed Isakson, Human Resources Director, Archdiocese of Indianapolis