What’s the best way to evaluate a potential hire?

Ryan Howard (Founder @ Practice Fusion)
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Check references. I never check any references a candidate gives me, board or executive candidate. Go on Linkedin, do the due diligence, get the real data because if you don’t, you’re going to find out the hard way.

What’s the best way to do a reference check?

Tomasz Tunguz (Partner at Redpoint Ventures)
Anatomy of a Reference Check

Where does the referenced person shine? What kinds of work did the referenced prefer to do? What kinds of people does the referenced need around him/her to be successful? How is the referenced persuaded or convinced? What kinds of motivation does he/she respond best to? What is it like to work with the referenced day-to-day? How would you characterize your typical interactions? Would you hire or work with this person again? How highly do you reg… (read more)

What’s the best way to do a reference check?

Scott Cook (Founder at Intuit)
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[Ask] “among all the people you’ve seen in this position, on a zero to 10 scale, where does this person rank?” If the person says seven, immediately ask why they aren’t a nine or a ten. “Then you’ll finally start learning what this person really thinks,

What’s the best way to do a reference check?

Boris Wertz (Founder of version one ventures)
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I’m always surprised at how often people still get hired without extensive reference checks. When you’ve got a good feeling about someone, it’s tempting to just move ahead without any kind of due diligence. But informal reference checks can be very revealing, particularly if you can talk to people that weren’t provided by the candidate, but know him or her very well.

What’s the best way to do a reference check?

Jeff Markowitz (Talent Partner at Greylock Partners)
3 essential steps to doing a thorough reference check

Ask open-ended questions and get specific examples (e. g. , “How would you describe the person’s leadership skills?”), not yes or no questions. Most importantly, don’t settle for vague answers such as “He/she is an experienced leader. ” If you get an answer like that, ask the reference for an example of the candidate’s leadership skills in a specific situation. If the reference can’t think of one, then you should seriously question the relevancy … (read more)

What’s the best way to do a reference check?

Jeff Markowitz (Talent Partner at Greylock Partners)
3 essential steps to doing a thorough reference check

It’s hard to predict anyone’s failure or success in a given role, but I’ve found that references tend to be overly kind during a reference call. Roughly speaking, if you downplay positive feedback by 30% and amplify negative feedback by the same amount, it should give you a pretty good picture of the candidate.