The Essential Guide to Getting Unbiased Feedback from References

Our questions have been field-tested with thousands of data points

Harvard Business Review reports that taking the time to hear from a candidate’s prior managers and colleagues often “yields vital information because relevant external observers are in a better position to give you an accurate estimate of whether the candidate will be able to perform.”

In practice, running a structured gold-standard reference process creates huge talent advantages and builds winning companies.

Kenny Mendes, who led recruiting at Box (NYSE BOX) and grew the company from 40 - 1200 people, recommends a systematic way of gathering external perspectives so you can easily compare and corroborate reference feedback to find the most important data points.